‘Hello,’ she said.
‘Go away, I’m not listening to you,’ I murmured, turning away to read an email on my laptop.
‘Did you see how busy and fulfilled she is? Isn’t she doing exactly what you want to do? Look, look at her! She’s being trained to do great things. People will recognize her as being brilliant! Now… what about you? What are you doing?’ The unwelcome visitor continued, ignoring my snub.
I looked at the email I was writing. It was a style template schedule for the next few weeks’ performances. I looked at my to-do list and it was filled with coordination work. Administration, administration, administration…
‘See? You’re left out of the loop. No one will recognize the work you’re doing! It’s all background work for others to shine. Who cares? You thought you were in a place of self-actualization but what’s happening? You’re being left behind while others get to do the creative things you like.’
I slumped back in my seat. It was only the morning and already I was losing the battle to be happy.
‘Just go away,’ I gritted my teeth.
‘Your boss is going with you to the shoot later, isn’t she? Now why would she need to do that? And if she’s there, why do you need to go too? Superfluous addition, aren’t you?’ She mocked, doodling on my organizer.
‘I think I still have responsibilities there… I can’t just say I won’t go.’ I answered.
‘Can’t run away, eh? Poor, sad thing. When will you find your place in this world?’ She said.
At that point, I couldn’t take it anymore. I stood up and walked away, I needed a breather. I headed to the toilet and locked myself in a cubicle. Alone, I sat there for a long while and listened…
I heard a group of ladies walk in, talking. I head a toilet flush. I heard the jangle of someone’s bracelets. I heard them leave. And then, I heard the Dream Maker.
‘Hey you, still in there?’
‘Yeah…’ I knew I just needed a hug from Him but I wanted to be alone.
‘Come on out,’ He said.
I sighed, stood up and reluctantly unlocked the door. There was no one there.
‘Great, just great,’ I grumbled as I walked back to my table… and found notes of love left all over my day, just for me.
There was the bar of chocolates from Jap Girl, and some ice-cream from the Boss.
There was the chance to climb to the topmost floor of a building under construction.
There was the beautiful, orange sunset I saw while I was up there.
There was the message a friend sent to me, saying ‘You’re a beautifully constructed piece of work. What you’ve done with your hands has touched so many…’
There was the wonderful conversation with Paddington, a friend I haven’t talked to in weeks.
There was the free ride home.
And when I walked into my room… there was Him.
‘Don’t listen to the negative talk. Don’t look at your circumstances and what you lack. Don’t look at your unfulfilled dreams.’ He said, holding out His arms to me. ‘Look at Me.’
And when I did, everything faded into the background.
I was looking at love.
‘I don’t have to fear anything because Your love makes it worth it all. I want to know it more, I want to feel it more, I want to see it more. Do I dare look into the eyes of love tonight, leaving everything else behind?
I will look straight into the eyes of love and say, come burn in me.’
– Kim Walker