Today, I was the person I wanted to be. I went to Santa Monica on a whim to see a beach concert with Max and his friend Joe, but I got lost. What was supposed to be a 30 minute drive turned in an hour and a half of driving in circles trying to find the Santa Monica Pier. I was not a happy camper, and even thought about driving back home, but I did not want to waste two hours of my life getting to Santa Monica only to drive back. So I found a place to park finally over on 5th Street and Arizona, determined to stop somewhere for a beer before heading back home.
I ended up meeting up with Max and Joe over at 4th and Santa Monica before we made our way to Bodega Wine Bar where I was finally able to sit down and relax. I actually wrote about the place recently for having a good late-night happy hour. Anyway, Max almost didn't want to meet up because he said I sounded like I was in a pissy mood, but I didn't want to end the evening with him on a bad note like that regardless if we had met up or not. I chose to have a "that happened" attitude rather than a "ugh" attitude and chose to make the best of my time in Santa Monica.
We ended up having a nice time at Bodega's. I think Max was kind of proud that I remained calm. I am proud of myself too.
Today, I became the person I want to be by choosing how to react to a negative experience with positivity. I'd say this was one small step in the right direction for me. Go me.