It's important to have friends who think differently than you. A friend's perspective turned my week around.
Vertigo is having its way with me. I'm falling over, throwing up, and having a hard time focusing on a single object for longer than a few seconds. When I sit down at the piano to write, as nice as it feels, it's short lived. I can't spend hours mulling over melodies and lyrics like I'm accustomed to. Tunes that would normally take me a couple days need to be finished by the time I stand up.
I was lamenting this situation to a friend. She said, "I think this is an incredible opportunity!" I gave her the evil eye, and she continued, "You know...to write a vertigo album."
I laughed. Then paused. And then I actually considered it. Damn, she's right. How cool would it be to capture this situation in song? I hugged her, and then I went home and got a few songs into the vertigo album. It's honestly a refreshing way to write, without overthinking.
Reader, as cliché as it is to say, some of our worst times do have an upshot. Or if not an upshot, at least a chance to shake things up. I'm grateful to have people around me who show me other points of view. I started this week frustrated and ended it loving all my opportunities. I'm thanking my stars tonight for friends who see things differently; I hope you have one too.
I leave you with this picture of my kids, doing their impersonation of me as a granny tonight. Apparently I'm easily parodied these days. See you next Monday. -Em