So there I was, on Facebook, minding my own business.
Minding. My. Own. Business.
BAAAAAAAAAAA HAHAHAHAHAHA as if, right? Of course not! I was doing as I usually do: responding to messages from junior techs needing help with something, scrolling through the feed laughing at jokes, sharing sarcastic pictures, answering questions and offering opinions in nail tech forums, and well – just plain ol’ offering my opinion. Because well, that’s what I do. Offer. My. Opinion.
It’s what I’ve always done. Ok, maybe not always. There was a time I was quiet. Hard to believe, I know. (you can stop laughing now, you might hurt yourself) But there was a time that I was, and then I wasn’t. Though once I learned the freedom of expression, zoom-zoom- zoom and off I went. There was no turning back. There never could be. I was liberated. Liberated from a silence that can be dreadfully painful when you have as many hamsters on wheels running between your ears as I do. That silence can keep you up all hours of the night, while those wee critters keep running on those squeaky wheels, begging to escape. A silence that threatens you with a pressure deep inside on the verge of an explosion. If you hadn’t realized, explosions are MESSY. So when I finally exploded, I was MESSY. My words ran willy nilly all over the place with no thoughts to consequence, or the havoc I might create. I didn’t care, I just wanted them OUT. They were screaming to get out of my head, so I let them out.
I did tell you it was messy, right? I’ll leave it at that. I don’t need to tell you how the words were messy. I’m sure you’ve been there, done that, bought the tshirt and kicked yourself in the ass a dozen times over for letting your own words get messy. It happens.
Eventually the pressure eased and I learned to slow down and THINK before I let the words out. Then I learned to think TWICE before I let the words out. Then I learned to think THREE times. Because the world is a funny place. Everyone shouts that they hate liars and want the truth. So you give it to them. WHOOPS that was a mistake. Probably should have said that differently. Ok, excuse me while I go smack my face into a door for that snafu. People really don’t want the truth. They want it sugar-coated. OR they just want you to lie to them and pretend it’s the truth. So apparently, thinking three times is not enough. Because if you’re delivering a truth that someone doesn’t want to hear, it really doesn’t matter what words you use. They’re undoubtedly going to become annoyed with you.
So I tried for a little while to practice biting my tongue. To sugarcoat. To lie. But it didn’t sit well with me. It was driving me NUTS. What good are words if you can’t use them to say what you want? Where’s the liberty? So I tossed in the towel and figured I am what I am, love me or hate me, but at least I give it to you straight and you don’t have to question where you stand. How’s that? Honest enough?
Needless to say, I have fans that love my way of expressing myself. Then there are those that can’t tolerate me breathing the same air as they do. Whatever. If we all liked the same things, this would be a very boring planet.
NOW on to my point…. I was sitting there minding my own business… (I’ll finish this sentence when you stop choking from laughter)
I was sitting there minding my own business on Facebook, and received a message from (are you done laughing yet? seriously, you can stop now. I DO mind my own business sometimes, ya know? LOL) Athena Elliot. We jibber jabber sometimes. Not a lot. She’s a crazy-busy woman and I don’t want to be the kind of stalker that monopolizes all of her time. So, I tend to sit back and comment here and there on her posts and only message occasionally because as I said – she’s a BUSY woman.
Oh… You don’t know who Athena Elliot is? STOP THE PRESSES – We gotta take a time out!
Nail Talk RAdio-The only weekly radio station in the world where consumers and nail technicians can listen or ask questions to obtain the most up-to-date helpful information and info on nail care products in the nail salon industry. Hosted and created by Athena Elliott, first Medical Nail Technician in the country. She is the owner of www.spathena.com. She is the co-founder of Safe Salon Rating- The first salon app designed for consumers to survey a salon’s level of sanitation,education and professionalism based on a 5 STAR rating! She contributed to “Death By Pedicure” by Dr. Robert Spalding. She is the creator of GlitzyLips http://glitzylips.com/ and etc etc. Athena Elliot is THE BOMB!
Ok, you get it now? So, she messages me to invite me to be on her show. NAIL TALK RADIO! Pardon me? Let me clean my ears, WHAT? Me? ON YOUR SHOW? The show that has featured the likes of Doug Schoon, Millie Haynam, Naja Rickette, Vicki Peters, Linda Nordstrom, Holly Schippers, Jewel Cunnigham, and tonnes more! If you’re in the biz, you know those names.
YIPEEE and I get to pick my topic. YAY! I get to talk about what ‘I’ want to talk about. So for a wee while, I’m super psyched. I can’t wait. Oh, this is going to be awesome. And I’m typing away and my brain is going a million places at once.
OH SHIT. Panic sets in. 1- I do NOT want to let Athena down. 2- what if I get MESSY?
You know, messy words? I can talk. I have no fear of talking (ok, quit your giggling LOL) But what if my mouth engages before my brain does and WAY TOO MUCH TRUTH spits out. There’s a funny thing that most people don’t know about truth. There’s MY truth. Then there’s YOUR truth. Then there’s the REAL truth somewhere in the middle. That’s how it works, because perspective gets in the way of REAL truth.
Ah well, here goes nothing. I hope to make all my pals proud of me. And I hope you get a kick out of my messy truth 😉
Worst case scenario – bring your mops, you can help me clean up later 😉