I thought he might be someone I met at a church party or something. Or maybe a friend of my sister’s. Perhaps an old co-worker of Micah’s. He was biking toward me on the Manhattan Bridge, looking so familiar, and when he saw me, he smiled. A big, genuine grin. See? We were old friends. But as we got closer I realized that no, we weren’t old friends. It was just Mark from Parenthood (aka Jason Ritter). Riding a Citibike with no helmet. And he was smiling at my little girl, who was rocking out in the front seat.
But for a moment, we could have been old friends, right? Until I realized he was actually a celebrity. Ha!
That would have totally been enough to make my day but then, not 20 minutes later, as we biked down Allen Street, another cyclist pulled up beside me asked if he could take our photograph. For his blog, #bikeNYC. Um, yeah. And when I saw it on the website this morning, I totally felt like I was a celebrity. Even if I had to share the stage with a couple of little munchkins.
And that’s the thing. Sometimes I feel like I’m totally in the wrong place – surrounded by talented people doing cool and interesting things while I’m just that girl on the bike (or behind the stroller) with the cute kids. I hope, of course, that being here, meeting people and soaking up the environment rubs off on me and that I’ll be able to do justice to all the thoughts and experiences and observations that I want to share but can’t right now because, well, being the girl on the bike with the cute kids is a fairly exhausting job.
So exhausting that sometimes it drives me a little crazy. I have so many things I want to share and talk about and learn but at the end of the day I’m near tears with tiredness and I just. can’t. do it. So I’m on the outside, looking in and admiring others, hoping I get a turn to show what I can do, to contribute, to join the conversation.
But then, a moment later, everything shifts just a little bit and I realize I’m already there – I’m here, adding a little variety to the scenery, making people stop and think and – most importantly – getting them to smile.
And this week on Babble:
While you’re making your to-do list, be sure to schedule in some time to let your brain rest.
Opportunistic eating – grabbing a bite here and there throughout the day – often goes hand in hand with not exercising and
If you’re taking your kids to the playground, why not get in a little strength training while you’re at it?