13 November 2011
Happy Sunday: In the Spirit of Thanksgiving
Greetings from the Salt Lake City International Airport. With Anna Karenina in one hand and a slice of leftover Hawaiian pizza in the other (yes, I'm typing this with my forehead), I nervously await my flight to Tucson. Not nervous about the flight, but what lies at the destination. My boss sent me on a spontaneous mission to film a professor at the University of Arizona. By myself. I'm really not that excited about it, because, well...oh yeah, I'm NOT a cinematographer! I seriously don't know more than 5 things about that $10,000 camera and audio equipment (2 of which are how to turn it off and on). But my dear boss trusts me, nonetheless. I don't really know why.
But the more freaked out I get, the more I have to remind myself how lucky I am to have such an amazing job. I don't actually know what my job is, but it sure is awesome! I don't exactly know what I was hired to do when I interviewed back in January, but over these months I've learned how to produce videos, manage sets, write course curriculum, write scripts, transcribe movie subtitles, and now I'm onto filming. I think of all the amateur photographers and videographers that are trying to make it big and pity them, because somehow I have their job when I really shouldn't. And I get to travel to cool places like Moab and.......Tucson.
As Thanksgiving approaches and at least 50 of my Facebook friends post every day something that they're grateful for throughout the month of November, I am very aware of how blessed I am. From the little things like Dr. Pepper-flavored chapstick and and hot showers, to the big things like having a sick job and a knowledge that my life has a divine purpose, I am one hooked-up girl. Seriously! Why is my life such a bed of roses? I suppose it hasn't always been, but a positive attitude can trick myself into thinking it is. Still, I'm waiting for tragedy and disaster to hit any minute, because all of this just seems unreal. And like my Grandad always said, "if it sounds too good to be true, it is."
But, until a tornado sweeps up my apartment and the land is cursed with a famine, I will continue to stand all amazed at how much the Lord has blessed my life. And even when that tornado and famine hit, I'll still stand all amazed.