This past Friday I went to Gallaudet University to watch a live podcast of The Friend Zone which is a podcast that speaks on mental health, self-care, music, pop culture, and everything in between infused with humor. It’s hosted by Fran, Assante, and Dustin. What I love most about the show is their unapologetic blackness and openness about how they journey through life. It’s always refreshing to know I’m not alone. And I love hearing tips I can put to use on how to deal with the stressors of life. So when I heard that they were coming to town and would be doing their podcast in person I made sure to make myself available. But there was a bit of a journey getting there. So here my story!
Although I love it once I’m out, I can be a bit of a homebody at times. I recently joined the friends’ section of bumble (see my thoughts on that here) to meet new friends. We met up and ended up discussing our love of this podcast. A week or so later I saw they were coming to town and we bought tickets to attend. But then she ended up not being able to go. As someone who deals with social anxiety, the thought of going to this event by myself was truly terrifying. And as it got closer and closer I still couldn’t find anyone to go with me which was causing even more anxiety. I had some decisions to make. But eventually, I decided to go by myself. This was a big choice for me since I don’t do things like this but I didn’t want to waste a ticket or miss this experience. But also in the last ditch effort, I posted how I would be attending on the FB fan page for the group and someone commented that they would be attending so we ended up exchanging numbers and sitting together.
The second challenge I dealt with was getting to the event. I am not good at parallel parking, so anytime I go to an event in DC, I always make sure I have my parking situation straight first. So looked it up and the auditorium the event was in had free parking attracted to it. Then there was traveling to DC. Friday night in the DC area it was raining really bad. This meant the traffic was really bad too. People don’t know how to drive in the rain so they either drive slow or drive too fast and cause accidents. It was supposed to take an hour and it ended up taking almost 2. Towards the end, I could feel that my anxiety was feeling really high. I started taking deep breaths to calm myself down and it worked. It was still a good time when I arrived, therefore, I got a good seat.
I wanted to write on this subject because I was proud of myself for so many reasons. I overcame a lot of objections and obstacles to get to the live podcast but I pushed through. And I’m glad I did because I enjoyed myself once I was finally there. And it was even more enjoyable because I pressed my way to get there. It may not seem like much but when your mind is constantly telling you all the things that can go wrong because of anxiety, it’s awesome when you can ignore all that and still press through.
In their last podcast, they had done a review of the year from their perspective, their highs and lows. So at the live podcast, they switched it up and looked at all that has happened over the year through pop culture. They were funny and insightful as always. They also shared their top moments over the year which was very inspiring. They are three successful black people and to see and hear the things they’ve done over the year pushes me to want more. They always had their friends from another podcast called Gettin Grown, Tykeia and Jade, there alongside media personality Mouse Jones. I was happy I got to see them as well because it reminded me that everyone who surrounds you should have goals they’re actively working on and successes under their belt. When you have a group of powerful friends you should all push each other towards greatness and that’s what it feels like they all do. They also had a singer from Philadelphia named Beano French perform and it was very good. I enjoyed his performance. Overall, it was a great experience. It’s always awesome to see a bunch of black peoples of all shapes and colors looking awesome and filled with black excellence.
Here is a link to The Friend Zone podcast
Here is a link to Gettin Grown podcast
Check them out!
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