It was a brown swing set.
Brown at the cross bar with yellow and orange swirls down the side. It had a swing, of course. Because, well…what kind of swing set would it be without one? A swing, a monkey bar, a faded orange teeter-totter, and a show horse pony that I would ride while pretending I was She-Ra… Princess of Power. Mistress of the Universe. PS: is it just me….or did anyone else think it was a *total* waste that She-Ra & He-man were related? I’m just sayin.
So I would ride my trusty steed and do battle with Catra or Skeletor or whoever else happened to be threatening Castle Gray Skull that day. And then I would go and swing as high as I could until the chains rubbed blisters on both my hands. When I got bored I might sit on the teeter-totter or climb on the monkey bar, but by far my absolute favorite thing to do on that swing set was to climb to the very top cross bar, that brown rusty cross bar, and hang by my knees upside down.
And this perplexed my father…my big, burly scared of nothing father… to no end.
“Kid,” he would say. He always called me kid. “Kid, you better get down from there or you’re gonna mess around and break your fool neck. Honestly… I have never seen the beat.” And he would walk away shaking his head and muttering to himself about neck braces and broken bones.
But the second he wasn’t looking, I was right back up there. Legs thrown over the top, arms dangling toward the ground. Barely hanging on by my knees and carefully balancing my weight to keep from….well y’know, messing around and breaking my fool neck.
But it was quiet up there. I could think up there. And somehow flipped upside down, the world just seem to make a lot more sense up there.
If I’m being really honest, there are some days…days just like today…when I would give anything to back be up there hanging upside down on that brown rusty swing set. To be quiet up there. To sit and think up there. And to somehow have the world make a lot more sense up there. Looking at it flipped upside down.
See I think I was on to something back then, and that is this. Balance is absolutely crucial. And somehow you have to find a way to hold on to it. To both reach and stretch and look at the world completely differently, but to also never lose your grip on the people and things that support you. That hold you up. Or else y’know…you might just mess around and break your neck. And prove parents everywhere right.
And everyone knows parents are absolutely insufferable when they’ve been proven right. :)
I am so completely honored that I have been asked to sit on the Women’s panel for Pictage at WPPI on Wednesday March 10th at 2pm, along with two of the most amazing ladies in the industry Jules BIanchi & Tasra Dawson. We will each be leading a different section on the panel, and given my mad swing-settin’ skills I have been asked to lead the part on Balance. For each of our topics, we wanted to take it to the streets, so to speak, and hear from you guys what are the things that you most struggle with in that area and what has worked for you for getting right with it.
I am so thankful to Pictage for putting this together and for always putting community first. They are such an inspiring company to be around! I also totally fell in love with their sleek, sexy new website & brand that the marketing team just launched this week. And then just color me happy when we went there and saw one of our pictures on the front page! Booyah!
So, I want to know…..what do you struggle with most in finding a good Work/Life Balance? And what has really helped you find a way to juggle it all? We will be taking the best answers and talking about them on the panel!