I will admit that I’ve lived in Europe so long that I often forget what it’s like to be cat called in public. As opposed to a pub.
Where it’s acceptable?
No. Wrong. Still no bueno.
Back to the point.
I went to see Niagara Falls today. And walk to Canada. And eat poutine.
And I did.
But also an employee of Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist boat tour company told me to “Smile” as he passed me.
Before I tell you what happened, let me take you back to last Thursday morning. When I met with my psychologist. And we talked about Reacting.
We talked about ‘normal’ and ‘healthy’ responses.
And so it is with EPIC PRIDE that I tell you exactly what happened today when that dude told me to smile.
I looked him in the eye and said, “Do I have to?”
He replied, “Well, yeah.”
And I shook my head, no, “No. I don’t.”
Without a single smile.
And I walked on.
Now. Let me be clear. This was in public. During the day. With lots of other people around. And he’s an employee of the place where this happened.
I FELT SO SAFE.
Had I not felt safe, there would’ve been an entirely different reaction.
But, for now, I’m pretty damn proud of today’s Reaction.