Monday, January 26, 2009

Stepping out of my Comfort Zone

Goddess Christina invited me to a free concert back in December - an Open Exchange at the New World Symphony in South Beach on a Saturday night. Now, I am usually in bed by 9:00 p.m. and I am not in my element in a crowd. I was very surprised to hear myself responding: "Sure, I'll join you. That sounds like fun"

I almost went through with it too. Then I thought about my commitment. Drive on a Saturday night by myself to Miami and then South Beach - on a Saturday night - by myself. WSM Noah decided to make it easier for me. He offered to drive and escort Goddess Christina and I to dinner and a show. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Off we went. Hollywood Boulevard to A1A - BeachFront Avenue. As WSM Noah is weaving in and out of traffic in Sunny Isles, we are pulled over by an angry SUV - flashing its light and honking its horn - the POLICE.

WSM Noah found a parking lot to pull into. The officer came up to the car and asked for WSM Noah's driver's license. He was screaming at us asking Noah if his name was Collins. "Because you're driving like you own Collins Avenue", the cop spit out of his mouth. He was so mad, face red as a beet, chest heaving. WSM Noah just remained calm and answered the officer's questions. My feet were on the dashboard, knees bent, fingers in mudra - I'm breathing and looking forward and sending love vibes to this big guy. A few minutes later, the storm dissipated and he let us off with a warning. We drove off into the sunset. Alton Road - here we come.

We picked up Goddess Christina and made it just in time to find a prime parking spot in the street behind the theater. We walked all the way to Books and Books Cafe on the third block past Washington. It was excellent people watching and growing. The crowd of shoppers and pedestrians and people at cafes was less dense. I released my death grip on WSM Noah's hand as I relaxed and let go of the panic. Cell memories for my days of agoraphobia and panic attacks.

We had a quiet dinner outside - sandwiches and yummy salads. Great service - thank you James. Admiring the dogs and their owners strutting by. Looking through the windows of the art galleries. We stopped for some frozen yogurt at Blissberry. A free sample of chocolate at Starbucks. We ambled down to the theater and got there just in time to get some great front row seats in the mezzanine.

Onto the stage came two musicians and then three and back to two and then a group of seven - playing unique pieces of music not usually practiced in the symphony's repertoire. The artists shared with the audience what it was about the music that captured them and what to listen for - it was a very enjoyable evening. We were presented with four different styles of music and showmanship and combinations.

We got home by 11:30 p.m. We walked GingerMama and let go of the excitement and the energy of South Beach. We settled down into our own pace and headed off to bed. So much fun to try new things.

Thank you Goddess of Music for this wonderful opportunity to stretch and grow.

Wishing you,
Peace & Love, Just Because,


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