"Turn That Friz-own Upsi-dizzity"

   

   In all honesty, I thought today was going to be total shit. I woke up at 5:30 to the sound of a woodpecker slamming its beak into the wood paneling of my house in search of food, which just so happened to be right above my headboard. As luck would have it, I was right in the middle of a dream where the cast of Parks & Recreation and I were on a hike through the woods. Tom Haverford was saying something funny and then suddenly it sounded like someone was drilling nails into my bedroom wall. What kind of terrible luck is that? And to make matters worse, after I ran outside and chased it away, I couldn’t get back to sleep. I haven’t been sleeping very well for the past week, so that was really annoying, because I actually need it. So I did what any of us would do in this situation-- I decided to watch some YouTube videos. They inspired me, and made me want to get up and create. So I got up, ate breakfast, and left for my favorite local coffee shop, intending to upload a video and kill some time in an atmosphere that I love. 

   Since I’m a regular at this place, I noticed almost immediately that there was a new barista working. He was tall, dark, and handsome in the most cliché sense of the term. When I went up to order and heard him speak, I noticed that he was also British. I don’t mean to be one of those girls who automatically swoons the second she hears a British accent, but let’s face it, my first crush was Harry Potter. But it wasn’t just the accent. He was actually a nice guy. He asked every person who came up how their day was going, including me. And while I would usually balk, get nervous, and make some lame excuse at something like this, today I found myself feeling comfortable enough to actually tell the truth. I told him about my rude awakening, and he actually seemed to care. Then when I said, “At least I’ll be more productive today,” he replied, “Yes, you always get your best work done in the morning.” And I don’t know why, but that simple interaction just lifted me up. It gave me hope. 

    Although most days social interactions exhaust me, this one made me want to try harder more often. It made me want to be this kind of person. The kind of person who can make someone’s possibly shitty day a lot better with a smile and a British accent. I guess I just want to say that you should keep an eye out for the good moments in the days when it seems like nothing could go right. Because they’re there, and they’re beautiful. Don’t write a day off just because it got off to a rocky start. I mean, look at me. I took that early bird wake up call (pun intended) and made it work in my favor.

   Also, doing this— just going out early in the morning with my laptop and music— inspired the hell out of me. So while I know it’s easy and appealing for creative people to say, “I’m uninspired, I think I’m just going to stay home and watch Parks & Recreation for the third time this year...” It’s so much better for you to do the exact opposite. Get out there, see the world. Get up early, stay out late. Experience the shitty things and the delightful surprises, and write, create, think, make art about all of them. Because all of those experiences, whether they are good or bad, in the end are just experiences. And at the end of our lives, that’s all that matters. Experiences, moments, stories, they’re truly the only currency we have. I’m starting to realize that, all because a stupid bird woke me up at 5:30 this morning and prevented me from going back to sleep. How crazy is that? 

   So the next time you're having a crappy day, do as Jean-Ralphio Saperstein from Parks & Recreation says, and "turn that friz-own upsi-dizzity."

 -Fran