One night a few years ago, I was right about to run out the door, when my friend stopped me. “You’re wearing that? You’re wearing it OUT?” (It was more of a statement than a question, really.) “Why?” I asked, glancing down at my sweatpants and sweatshirt.
“Girl. We’re in New York City; you never know who you’re gonna meet–so you always gotta be ready.”
And now, there’s nothing wrong with an awesome pair of sweatpants, but man, was my friend right.
Facebook tells me that a certain TJ Taormina and I became friends exactly four years ago. And the only reason we met is because, metaphorically speaking, I wasn’t out and about in sweatpants. Let me explain.
A lot of you know about the viral video of me performing on the NYC subway. That happened because a stranger asked me to play and sing, so I did. A guy working in radio saw the video and reached out to interview me. We liked each other. A few more things happened and then we married each other.
It wasn’t just about being in NYC. It wasn’t even really about what I was wearing. It was an approach to life. It was hearing my mom say you never know what good thing is around the corner–and finally believing her. It was about leaving my apartment every single day with an expectation that something’s gonna happen and that I need to be ready when it does.
So there you go. Be ready. Miracles happen, so why not to me–why not to you? And if sweatpants keep you from being bold enough to participate in a miracle, to put yourself out there and give whatever magic lies within away with a generosity that knows no fear–then please! by all means, change your pants. Change your mind. Change your life.