Audacious

I enjoyed Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour. My favorite part was when she interviewed Gayle King. Their friendship is so beautiful, the mutual adoration, their long history together, playful banter, it was so loving that it overflowed to the entire audience of 15,000. We all laughed, gasped, oohed and awed along, their sharing connected us all. I liked how Oprah said she had JOMO, the joy of missing out, while Gayle had FOMO.

I marveled at how comfortable and polished they are. Then I thought, well duh, they’ve been at it for like 40 years.

Oprah’s who got me started on my path of personal development which led to spiritual growth and self-empowerment. I wasn’t a religious watcher of her show, but I saw enough to actually begin questioning, she inspired me. I learned about resources and books through her website as well. I gradually began making positive changes in my life thanks to her. I identified with her struggles that she so vulnerably and humbly shared. I felt seen and validated by what she shared, explored and investigated.

When tickets went on sale months ago, I hesitated because we could always use the money for something more practical or we could start saving, but Drue encouraged me to go for it, so I got the cheapest ticket. I was way at the top row directly opposite the stage, nose bleed section, lol. And I also have JOMO, lol. I used to be more FOMO when I was more energetic prior to burnout. Now I cherish rest, peace, quiet and solitude. I can’t seem to get enough.

I was surprised at how long it took to park and get into the Pepsi Center, about an hour and a half. It was packed, I was impressed at how orderly, patient and polite everyone was, so many people. Lunch was provided and again it all ran smoothly.

I missed the whole opening warm-up act. It was hard to find my seat in the dark and the stairs were steep, kinda vertigo-inducing at first, I clutched the handrails, lol. People in my row turned their phone light on to help me see the seat numbers, so sweet. My seat was on the opposite end. I met Molly who was one seat over from me, she pointed the way, there was a tote in my seat and I asked if that was someone’s purse and she said that it was mine, oh, it was an Oprah bag. It had a pen, snacks, and a workbook, plus some lotion and shampoo, plus other coupons.

Just as I settled in Oprah came out, perfect, I made it in time. Common also spoke. There was a meditation session with singing bowls plus a dance/movement session with Julianne Hough and gospel singer Tamela Mann performed. There was also a brief portion dedicated to Weight Watchers, now called WW “Wellness that Works.”It seems they’re taking a more holistic approach.

Oprah shared her personal stories openly, powerfully, authentically and masterfully. I got teary-eyed throughout. And also laughed in commiseration, she’s so down to earth and human too.

I joke about one day when I make it big like Oprah, we’ll get to do A, B and C, I’ll be able to pay everyone back, pay it forward too. But whoa…she’s put in the work. I was thinking of how many hours upon hours she’s devoted to become the Oprah. I loved that she let us in on the fact that everyone she’s ever interviewed asked afterward, “Was that ok? How’d I do? Was that good enough?” We’re all the same.

To make it big like Oprah, that’s gonna take dedication and mastery.

I better get to more crackin’! When I grow up, I wanna be like the Oprah! 😀

I’m so glad I ventured out and made another wonderful memory. 2020 the year of doing scary things, making more memories and being audacious 😀

Michelle Miyagi
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