This past Saturday I had to meet up with my team to go over our class project. We decided to meet at a restaurant called Tweet. When I got there, I had to pay for parking, which was no big deal. But, what became the big deal was when I opened my wallet and both my driver’s license and debit card wasn’t in there, and I had no cash either!
My immediate thought was, “Dang, I left everything in my other jacket at home, which is almost an hour away. How can I be so careless? Now, I don’t have any money to eat or pay for parking.” Swiftly after that, I had another thought, “Breathe, it’s okay. I’m human. Mistakes happen. Don’t let this ruin your day. It won’t ruin your day. Just ask your team members if they can lend you some money for parking and to eat.” And, that’s what I did. Thankfully, they both offered to help me out and I’m so grateful for that.
The food was amazing as well as the drinks and the owner was incredibly sweet. She even gave us some extra chocolate chip bread with caramel sauce as we did our work and it was freaking delicious by the way. We covered some important ground for our project and even had a mini photo shoot afterwards.
I dropped them both off downtown as I headed to an event in Hyde Park at the Promontory. I initially had planned to go with a friend, but he cancelled at the last minute, which put a bad taste in my mouth, because we had made a commitment to go, plus I already bought my ticket. So, for him to break that commitment was unfair, disappointing and even disrespectful.
Learning to set healthy boundaries for myself and asking for what I want and need, I told him how I felt about the situation and expressed that moving forward when we plan to do something to communicate with me in advance if he decides to cancel or don’t commit at all. He agreed and apologized. As I continued to drive to Hyde Park, I became hesitant on whether or not I should go, because I’ve never been to any event by myself. But hey, I took it as a sign from God that maybe I needed to learn how to have fun by myself.
Armed with my college ID (because that’s all I had on me), I went right in and the rest was history. I was greeted with love and treated to drinks. I ran into old faces and new ones and danced the night away. I even lost my phone, a ring and an earring (I found the phone and ring, so 2 out of 3 isn’t bad).
Moral of the story is whatever situation is presented to you, make the best out of it. I could’ve had a crappy attitude when I discovered that I didn’t have my license or any money or not have gone to the party when my friend cancelled on me, but I chose to do the opposite. And, I wound up having an amazing day!