I am a mover, I am a thinker, I am a teacher. (Ido Portal)
The (only) reason why I chose to work in a bar is to develop my social skills. So it’s part of my adventure to actualize my potential.
I did, to a certain extent, but as a dear friend astutely observed, I became exceedingly effective at avoiding people while being in their midst.
However there’s an opportunity in every failure. In this case, it was a beautiful instance of serendipity.
Serendipity: luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for
I did gain something extremely valuable out of it: it (re)kindled my love of movement, and made me fully embrace my identity of “mover”.
I am a mover, I am a thinker… and I’d love to be able to say about myself some day: “I am a teacher”.
I haven’t received this much attention in my entire life, working as a nightly bar aid at Belushi’s Hammersmith.
For someone who is not very social (yet), this is quite overwhelming. People seem to like what I’m doing. And what I am doing is move. A lot (and maybe in an aesthetically pleasing way). I move very fast and dance around the tables (and people) while collecting glasses. I’ve been jokingly thinking of inventing a new branch of Parkour:
Crowd Parkour: navigating a crowd of people at high speed
People have been asking me if I’m a dancer. No, but I’d love to be. I want to express myself through movement, and dance is a beautiful direction to explore, next to Parkour.
Interestingly, I didn’t know I can move like this, and (to my mind) I didn’t know how to dance before I started working at Belushi’s. When I started working here I had no idea what to expect. Basically I ended up here by chance, it was the only thing I could find, given my lack of previous bar experience.
Who’d have thought it would end up being such a transformative experience, and one of the most important experiences of my life.