This weekend, I’ll hopefully be getting my ever-loving life in Chicago for Friendship Weekend, part 2.
Yes, the actual nationally recognized Friendship Weekend was last weekend, but who’s really keeping track? It just so happened that my mom, along with a couple of her closest friends, wanted this weekend to celebrate the friendships that they’ve held for so long over the years. It’s so pure, so loving!
The plan is that some of us will go on excursions around Chicago, like my friend and I will visit Adler Planetarium, The Museum of Science and Industry, plus one more that my friend will decide. I’m pretty sure a deep dish pizza may be in the future. Some of the Friendship Weekenders may do other things like a brunch cruise off of Navy Pier or dancing in the park. But, we’ll all come together Saturday for dinner to reminisce and enjoy each other’s company.
It just so happened that this weekend is The Bud Billiken Parade! I’m super excited to see the largest African American parade in the country. It’s bound to fill my heart seeing so many black people loving their culture and showing their pride.
I’m ready to eat aaaaaaall the food too, digestion be damned! Ya’ll know how we do. There’s gonna be at least 40 BBQ joints and soul food restaurants out there and I need to sample it all. I gave my friend a head’s up that I’mma be fasting at odd times, cause 1) how else am I gonna get this food in my belly? 2) how would I look fasting during dinner and a parade? (っ˘ڡ˘)っ─∈
Also, I’m looking forward to challenging myself. I alluded to having an attitude problem and what I call mood swings in previous Transformation posts. I’ll let the most minute thing sour my mood-truly, things no one would even notice or reasonably care about! Friendship Weekend should be awesome for everybody and I don’t want my attitude to spoil it.
I’ve learned to mentally ask myself these questions when I’m becoming frustrated:
- Why does it upset me?
- Is it worth being upset?
- Do I have to be involved?
- Can I let it go?
The purpose is to recognize when I’m letting in a big fat mood swing and acknowledge that the shift in energy is internal. Most times, when I realize it’s not worth being upset and I don’t have to be involved, I can let the issue go. See my assertiveness at work?! I’m also going to speak myself/be honest the entire time in hopes to stabilize my mood, and maybe deflect a mood swing or two when it starts to emerge. Nobody wants to be cooped up in a roundtrip car ride and long weekend vacation with a Grumpy Guss (LOL)!
So lots of sightseeing, meeting new people and great food planned for this weekend of friendship, AND an excellent challenge ahead of me! I’ll give a full report after I return!