“It’s a hot mess in there!”
I had worked for over forty years so when I retired, I was ready. There are a very few things I miss though. I don’t miss all day budget meetings or constant conflict. I don’t miss the excessive “word smithing” during executive meetings to redefine our purpose or telling an employee they have to shower more frequently. Nope, none of that.
I miss the people. I get energy off of people. That sounds odd coming from a professed non-people person. I don’t like a lot of “peopleness.” Just enough to inspire me to write about them (or make me laugh). A little goes a long way. During this lock down I’ve noticed that without people interaction, I don’t have as much inspiration. I feel stale. I wouldn’t make a good hermit. My writing would get dark.
I don’t miss their opinions either. Good lord! There are enough of those floating around. Most of them are bull poopy (unless, of course, they agree with me!).
I love the unique vernacular that people use and the energy that surrounds them. Especially the upbeat people. Only the upbeat people!
On Sunday I posted about the craziness going on at Starbucks because of lack of staff. It’s really bad planning but we’ll call it a staff shortage. Most bad results are bad planning but we find something else to blame.
Yesterday (Tuesday), which can be a busy day at Starbucks (I have no idea why), I had to wait despite my pre-order. I waited next to a young woman. She was in her early twenties, quiet, nicely groomed and very patient. No shifting legs or sighing (like my own self!).
We got our drinks at the same time. As we walked out almost together (trying to distance) I made a comment similar to “there must be a fire sale going on.” She laughed and said “It’s a hot mess in there!”
In that second I adopted that phrase. Sure I’ve heard it before but not very often. It’s not something the beloved husband would say, nor any of my geriatric walking partners. I wouldn’t hear it in a doctor’s office or at my dentist. It’s unique to a younger demographic.
It’s also the energy she had. It made her attractive. She didn’t complain about health issues. It’s her take on a temporary situation. She said she comes in every day but I don’t remember seeing her before. (I don’t notice much before coffee!) Now I’ll recognize her as the upbeat woman who knows a hot mess when she sees one!