About a month back, I was invited to a BBQ by a Facebook friend, J. I enjoy her company immensely, so my wife and I jumped at the chance to attend. Between bouts of my meat sweats, J mentioned to me that her mother, C, had recently finished her first year of law school. To me, this was extremely interesting. And since I like interesting stories / people, I asked J to put me in touch with her mother. J obliged and, today, I had lunch with C, her husband, B, and their two granddaughters. As a special bonus, J was also in attendance.
I walked away from my encounter with C with two overwhelming thoughts. First, Rainforest Cafe is weird stuff. The guacamole burger and fries were legit, but I couldn't figure out what was going on with the place. And just who is their market audience anyway? Whatever. They seem to be doing fine. My second takeaway was that my conversation with C was brutal, not in the sense that she hated me and wanted me to choke on my guac and / or get some of it up my nose (I did that, by the way), but because I got the vibe that she could not have possibly been any less impressed with me. It was amazing, a bit depressing, but mostly comical.
Perhaps I should have expected as much. After all, C is an accomplished woman. She's a rising 2L after having worked for many years already in the legal profession. She is not wet behind the ears, green, or a noob. She's been there, done that, and has probably seen a hundred punks like me come and go. So when I told her about my latest whisky-fueled, can't-miss ideas, perhaps I should have anticipated a what-the-hell-why-don't-you-get-a-real-job look. But I didn't. And that might have been my fault. Maybe I'd bought into the hype a little too much, listened to my fans a bit too closely, and forgotten that I'm still just a girl.
Here's the thing, though. I am a bit different, run from the mundane, and enjoy the challenge of challenging others' expectations of normalcy, responsibility, and duty. At times, that's been a blessing and, at other times, a curse. But it's gotten me this far and, believe it or not, I like my life more than I like anybody else's life. So, while I've been taken down a peg and my luster has lost a bit of its shine, I'll be moving on and up very shortly, not because it's what I have to do, but because it's what I want.