OMG! I got to hang with Dr Jordan B Peterson. Remember the post where I shared how I ran away from Oprah on the hill and how determined I was to not be scared to talk to Jordan? Well, after everyone else had left, our VIP instructions were that there would be no selfies, no book signings and, ironically, no chit chat - which was understandable because there were around 100 of us to get through. So I calmly walked up to Jordan and as he took my hand I introduced my self then said You're the language I've been listening for all my life. He smiled warmly, nodded and said Thank you, then we turned toward the camera, snap snap snap, hand shake and I exited stage right and sat down with everyone else for the q&a. I have the attention span of a lamp post but I was riveted to every second of those precious three hours and all I could think was I wish he was my friend to roll around in these rich and meaningful and insightful observations and words with.
And, man he was funny!
I don't think I've told you this story before...
At the beginning of last year I had the privilege of hanging with Oprah. Not in any meaningful new BFF way but I was close enough to observe her interactions. Her driver and I were good friends and we were both fascinated to watch how our 'passengers' dealt with their high profiles so we'd stand around our cars while they were filming and swap (appropriate) notes.
One day I walked to the top of a hill they'd been filming on earlier but had moved away from. The scenery was so majestic that I became teary with its overwhelming beauty. I suddenly had a sense someone was behind me and when I turned around, there was Oprah! I became self conscious and mumbled an apology as I swiped away the tears. She said But you're from here aren't you? I said Yes, but from the North Island - we don't have scenery like this up there.
And then I ran away.
It was only recently that I realised Oprah had climbed that hill to spend some time with me but what do you say to someone with such depth and experience that she hasn't heard 16,000 times already? Of course I see now a simple How's your day going? would have been a good start to finding out. When I found out Jordan Peterson was coming to town I didn't think twice about getting a Meet and Greet ticket. I've learnt my lesson - I'm not going to miss another once in a lifetime chance to chat to this spectacularly insightful human who's language I've been rolling around in daily for almost a year.
Pimp My Attitude
You need to know, right now, this is all about me. I'm not educated. I don't have any (non-driving related) qualifications therefore, I'm not about to tell you what you should do - I know my place.
And here you are.
At my place.
So - welcome.
If you're here for 10 seconds, I won't even know so I won't be offended that you left early.
If you're here for hours and keep coming back, I will consider you a friend because the only thing my diverse yet loyal friends have in common, and what I appreciate most about them, is that they just keep coming back..