Have you ever gotten in the way of your own happiness?
That’s what happened to me recently. As you may know, I recently launched my 2013 RED HOT List and one of the items on there is to visit at least four Virginia wineries. Easy enough, right?
Wrong. My sister suggested last weekend that I join her and some of her friends at a local winery. One of her friends is a musician, and he was playing that afternoon. I tentatively said yes.
But when I called her that Sunday morning, I was ready to back out. Sure, the winery part sounded great. Spending time with my sister? Great. But joining a group of people I didn’t know to potentially make small talk for a few hours? I’d rather fall into a ring of fire. A burning ring of fire.
Fortunately, my sister wasn’t having it. When I said that maybe she should just go ahead with her friends and I’d catch up with her later, her response was basically this: “Why? You like wineries. And it’s just a couple of people really. I’m not even sure how many.” My reply went something like this: “Well … yeah … um … OK, I guess I’ll go then.”
So off we went, picking up one of her friends along the way. We arrived at the winery, and there were preparations for a wedding underway on the front lawn. Pre-recorded instrumental music from a string quartet was playing over speakers. The song sounded familiar, but it took me a minute to realize what it is. Then it hit me. It was “New Kid in Town” by the Eagles – the song’s title is what I used in a blog post just weeks earlier about the challenges I’ve faced this year and from that post, my 2013 RED HOT List was born.
“Well, that’s a weird coincidence,” I thought to myself.
Over the next few hours, I had a great time. The wine was good; the sangria was better. My sister’s friends – four in all, counting the musician – were fun and conversation was easy. I discovered that one of them had a friend who had also met Rick Springfield – she showed me a photo of them from Facebook, and it literally had the same caption mine did when I met him in 2010: “A photo 27 years in the making.” And speaking of RS, I’m pretty sure I convinced my new musician friend to add “Jessie’s Girl” to his set list in the near future. It would go really well with the tunes from Cash (“Ring of Fire,” don’t you know), Springsteen, Dave Matthew Band and others he currently plays. I just know it.
Later that evening, after a post-winery nap, I was thinking about how much fun I’d had and how I almost missed it. I vowed not to do that again.
Here’s to falling into that ring of fire more often. Cheers!
By the way, June Carter (who was married to Johnny Cash from 1968 – 2003) and Merle Kilgore wrote “Ring of Fire.”
What do you think? What have you done outside of your comfort zone that you later thanked yourself for?