Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Fix

My eyes flutter open with remnants of a dream in flight as I pull myself out of the cramped sleep in the backseat of my tiny Yaris.  Only moments ago in flight hand outstretched finger wiggling to touch the cloud that was never there.  

After a long car ride and my awkward nap, I emerged out of the bowels of a deeply hidden parking garage.  A brief smile to my fellow pedestrians as we make our way across a few streets.  Crossing the last of three cross walks I glance at the man still at my side and silently wonder,"Is he going where I am going?"  Facing forward I stop just in time to avoid smacking into JD!

Somehow the internal dialogue was so intriguing that I missed not only the people walking to and fro but also the rather LARGE Pass bus.  The man/my fellow pedestrian turned to me with a smirk and remarked, "I was wondering if you were going here since I saw your camera."  I believe my witty retort was something along the lines of, "uh,su-ye-um" ending in a small sad nod, since my words were falling me.  What makes matters worse is that apparently this man/ my walking comrade is Katelyn James' husband!  Not only in my first few minutes in DC, outside the parking garage, I almost walked into JD and couldn't get out a simple "yea" to Katelyn James' husband.

 


The Ruby Tuesdays slowly fills up with photographers.  Hand shake after handshake, name after name I can't recall half.  Each face smiling and excited to be there.  Happy to share their thoughts and ideas; share themselves.


Jeni Bower the facebook group leader came equipped with thank you cards and fun name tags to pass around as she floated around like a social butterfly


I met so many photographers. All so interested in learning. All so interested in giving back.

 

Did you ever met someone and just hit it off, and not just in the "I can handle this conversation" kind of way but a "Kindred spirit".  Almost like when you have a great old friend that no matter the time lapse in conversing you can just pop back, no need for updates you just work.

In the span of 2 hours we covered more topics then I have with most people in a year.  It was a blast to walk away if nothing else with a new friend, who just might be stuck with me for life.


The started to set as we made our way over the the Gala Theater.  A train of eager photographers lined up for entry like children ready for Santa.






Side note: pretty sure I was the only person there that didn't have a smart phone.


The group quickly filled the room downstairs, with each added body the room temperature climbed up.  There were bodies in every direction.  As I tried to make my way to the side unsure of how to really communicate in the huddled masses I watched as Jasmine Star made her way through the crowd.  Slowly people began to notice that the soft voice behind them saying "excuse me" was indeed the person we were here to hear.  

The large swarm shifted quickly to follow her and take pictures with her.  Each person jumped in for their moment, some so excited forgetting to even say hello before smiling for the camera.  Each one Jasmine greeted with a smile, and for most a hug.






Slowly I made my way up to her. What do you say to a person you feel like you know but has no idea who you are?  I mean really.  I read her posts religiously, on a bad day it is what keeps me sane that despite not even knowing how I am she is rooting for me.  I know what she does in a day, I know that she is silly and likes her cycling class... well now she does, I know about her amazing and giving husband and how much she loves him.  

I know all of this information because I read her blog. I feel like we are friends... 

But I'm pretty sure when you know the details of a person's life but have never been introduced you're called a stalker.


No, I do not remember what I was saying to look like this.







The lights dim and a rolling squeal rides its way across the crowd.  


The Fix.  "Did you know that I left what this was ambiguous for a reason?  So you guys are either crazy or smart or crazy smart."  Jasmine began the evening, "I wanted to gather with group of people who came together for an idea."  She explained her madness. 

The fix isn't simple, it isn't easy. The Fix is the idea of looking at those around you not as competition but as the best way to get better at what you love.  "You are here because you are passionate, if you're not. . . there's the door."

The Fix was a time for Jasmine to explain what she did and openly answer questions.  I time for her to share even more generously then she already had.  It was a time devoted to the idea of a better more helpful community, willing to give and give back.


Thank you Jasmine, JD, David Jay, Katelyn James... thank you all who I am sure did a load of work but I can't thank you personally: Thank you!




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37 comments:

  1. *sniff* Truly amazing Rachel! I relived the day, which was unforgettable, but to see it through your eyes was perfect!!! So sad that just like that, the elevator doors closed and that was it :( But "stuck for life".... YOU BET!!! Keep up the good work and I can't wait to be a part of your journey :) Love you girl!

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    1. I know right! Hey, I have never been to NY (city or state... cause they are the same thing right? ;P). We'll make it work!

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  2. Beautifully written. You are such a sweetheart. I loved talking with you :)
    - Jeni

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    1. It was great to meet you and put a face to drive that made so much happen. My day would have been much more lonely and un-amazing without all your effort!

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  3. Oh how fun! Loved the pictures - and you made me feel like I was there with your words. :)


    Signs of Spring At Last

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    1. You so should have been but better yet you still can be there... at least the point of it: community! ;P

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  4. What an amazing experience!! Must have been a "once in a lifetime" moment ;) Loved the pictures and how you wrote about your experience! :) Happy Wednesday!

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    1. It was an amazing movement... that's what I have to categorize it as because the point isn't for one night but for a collective group of photographers to gather together to support each other... and not just photographers, the principle can be placed on many aspects of your life!

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  5. What an amazing experience, Jasmine Star, wow, I am "Star" struck. Have a great day. :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing! What an exciting experience!! Good luck!!

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  7. It was SO nice meeting you, Rachel! Thanks for being so awesome!

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    1. Okay, so I don't know if you will come back and read this but for anyone else who reads these comments:

      This is a great example of the love and encouragement that Jasmine* (as well as Creative Live and so many other photographers) pour out. She took the time to personally come and look at my blog (and how many other's as well) about my thoughts and feelings on The Fix.

      Thank you for taking the time, all of you: for encouraging me to do what I love!

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  8. WOW! I have to say a little jealous. It looks like an amazing time!

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    1. It was a great time, no need to be jealous: you want the experience, community and to learn

      I'd love to share!

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  9. Awesome photos ~ well done ~ Sounds like you had an exceptional experience ~ Wonderful! ~~ thanks, namaste, CArol ^_^

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    1. It was a great experience! Thanks Carol

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  10. Great pictures :O)

    http://mhanks-somethinglikelife.blogspot.com/

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  11. Sounds like a great experience and lots of wonderful memories!

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    1. I did Trisha, it was great. More so for the company and encouragement to actually do something

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  12. Oh my goodness that looks like so much fun. One day I hope to be able to do something like that.

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    1. You so should, if only for the encouragement!

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  13. Your opening lines are quite poetic...

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  14. What a great experience, you had so much fun! Thanks for dropping by Erika's Wordless Wednesday

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  15. Looks like an amazing experience! And you are so cute. :)

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    1. It was a blast. Thanks for the compliment: I wasn't feeling cute today!

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  16. How great to take away such enthusiasm for something you love!

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    1. It is so easy to love too... maybe even too much :P

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  17. How awesome! Looks like a magical evening! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up for WW last week. I'm still playing catch up! Sorry for showing up so late. Have a great day. :)

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    1. Life happens like that ;P

      Thank for having the link up!

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  18. Amazing!!!!! I didn't get to make it to The Fix, but this is a great post about it, and looks like every part of it was magical!! :) It's so amazing for photographers to be so open like that and share so much. What a great way to build a community.

    Oh, and sorry for visiting you so late! Thanks for linking up at http://FreshMommyBlog.com

    :)
    ~Tabitha

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