I feel awkward writing this post because it doesn’t seem modest and may only serve to invite the “evil eye”, but…
Over the past five months, I worked hard to book a packed Faces of Israel tour for April, my busiest month of the year. Yesterday I departed for over two weeks of teaching and travel around the country. Because of my schedule, I will be missing several awesome Austin-based festivals and celebrations not to mention being apart from Yair, so I was kind of bummed.
Rather than sulking or sitting around my host family’s home on Saturday night, I went out and explored the University of Michigan campus. I attended an original theater production and caught the end of the university’s annual African culture evening showcasing African music, dance, drumming and fashion.
I bonded with my super cool hosts, checked out their private glass-blowing studio, picked out hand-blown earrings and a necklace that they gifted me and ate a delicious supper of quinoa and stir-fried veggies before snuggling with their loving golden retriever Mack.
On Sunday morning, I performed* for close to 100 members of the Ann Arbor community. In the afternoon, I checked into an Embassy Suites hotel room that is approximately four times larger than the RV, and I have a pool, jacuzzi, kitchen, television, hooping space, and free snacks and drinks at my disposal.
My schedule over the next three to four weeks will probably run me ragged. Some days I have five programs at five different locations in just over a 24-hour period.
But these communities are great. My hosts are fun. I’ve been toured around Kansas City and gifted a KU Basketball t-shirt. I’ve been taken to the Oklahoma City zoo and gifted a gold glitter-encrusted horseshoe as a memento. I’ve caught an a capella flash mob, taught people acroyoga and enjoyed a vegan “Krishna lunch” in Gainesville. I am loved by my audience and frequently praised, which is a huge confidence booster. Heck, I get to make new friends and hug new people every day.
So, maybe I work too hard. And maybe I’m not actually mini-retired at all. But no matter how you slice it, when it comes to happiness, I’ve got to be the 1%.
*I have so much more fun with my programs when I think of them as performances.
posted by ayo