I remember being in the 2nd grade and hearing the whispers of Amanda’s upcoming 8th birthday party and that invitations would be handed out sometime that day.
This wasn’t just any birthday party – there were rumors of four different kinds of pizza, Bubbles the clown, a candy “bar”, and…wait for it…face painting!
The energy in the room as we waited to see if we would receive an invitation was something like the celebs sitting at round tables at the Academy Awards somehow holding their hands and crossing their fingers at the same time.
The tension was palpable and our vigorous game of tether ball came to a halt as we saw Amanda bring out a glittery stack of envelopes from her cubby.
I was lucky enough to get an invitation to the party that day, which I think only happened because my mom was friends with Amanda’s mom, but I can’t imagine how I would have felt knowing that such an epic party was happening and knowing that I wasn’t permitted to be there.
Fast forward to our adult life and not much has changed in how we approach gaining entrance to the party of our passions.
In a world that constantly asks us to operate in the realm of permission and compliance, it is taught and reinforced early in our lives, with countless examples just like Amanda’s birthday party, that we aren’t permitted to play without someone explicitly inviting and allowing us to do so.
Inviting ourselves would, of course, be seen as inappropriate or rude.
And while there is good and sound reasoning as to why an invitation should be required to enter a presidential meet and greet or a sterile operating room, we have been conditioned to believe that the same thing holds true when there is something we want to create in the world.
Last week while traveling, this myth was brought front and center for me.
I recorded this video to share an experience I had both on the way to and in the airport that reminded me of the power and impact of inviting yourself!
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Lots of love,
Jason “JG” Goldberg
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