The prompt That has inspired me today is one that I skipped earlier in the month:
Support: Talk about a time when you literally or figuratively stood on the sidelines and cheered for someone.
I was astonished when I really thought about it how very much of my time and my social life is spent supporting the efforts of friends and loved ones.
For example, just in the last two weeks:
I went to a bar gig because I knew the drummer.
A volleyball game because I knew two players.
A play because I knew the director.
A high school musical because I knew some of the kids.
And this is fairly typical. I think it’s great though because I have to be entertained anyway, so it may as well be by people I care about. The arts are very important to me. I believe that the ability to create beauty is what separates us from the animals.
So, I show that support by going to:
A photographer friend’s art opening.
A ska band formed of family friends.
Improv by a comic friend.
It would be hard to go back and find a gap of more than a week or two max where I am not cheering a friend from the audience.
I read blogs daily written by friends.
I watch television show where I know an intern or an actor.
I attend my daughter’s roommates’ basketball games.
This is as well as the literal decades I spent watching my children sing, sketch, act, play baseball, softball, soccer, wrestle or perform gymnastics.
When I think about it, I have done an excellent job of surrounding myself with extraordinarily entertaining people.