“I'm just getting the paper.” I answered. I then grabbed my things and was on my way. I should have said, “If you really want to know READ THE BLOG” in my best Louis Black voice.
Getting to work I'll admit I was a little nervous to see the reaction of my co-workers. I'm not a big talker when it comes to my work environment. But through the day of poster printing and banner making I found myself being approached by a hand full of co-workers that I'd never talked to for more then 2 minutes since my start of working there. People were sensing vulnerability from the blog to the point of approaching me with interest. Stories being told to me of hard times and anger. People were voicing their stories to me; opening themselves up to a stranger. Like I've, said I'm not a very open person, but in the span of one day, this blog has opened a flood tunnel of past emotions, not just from me but from other people. I'm not quite sure where it will lead in the next few weeks, but I know the more open I get with you, the more open you will be with me. I'm not sure if i'm ready for that, but the blog is very quickly turning into an easily accessible social experiment.
As the night went on, errands consisting of picking up retainers for my piercing and drinking my final cups of coffee took up space in time and in my mind. My phone continues to ring with messages of worry expressed through swear words and question marks. Everything is ok, the experiment is in full start mode, and I can already see it's future progression.
Today proved that I'm not the only one who's had experiences that have switched from good to “bad” in a heartbeat. But that's the nice thing about a heartbeat; they happen in a swift kick, either in the ass or in the mind, where it lands is up to you.
The dots in this photo represent my co-workers who spoke with me about their stories before 2pm. Red dots representing females and blue dots males. Through the day more dots developed.