A 13-year old makes me think....
Today, we got a call from a 13 year old kid named Eddie. Listen to call here. I have never met Eddie. I've only talked to Eddie one time. I already want to be Eddie. (How? Read on.....)
You hear me every single day on the Wake Up Call. It's my job to kind of keep the show running a long smoothly. If I am being 100% honest with you guys, I have self esteem issues. I think these issues started when I was younger. I was always nervous speaking up in front of class when I was in school. I was too shy to talk to girls! Yeah, I was that kid!
Why did I get into radio? You might laugh, but this is the truth! I got into radio because I thought that I could "be myself and nobody will know it's me"!!! Sure, radio has turned into much more than just what you hear on the air. Now we shoot videos of what we're doing. You guys really get to take a look into our lives. You can't really be anonymous if you work on the radio.
Over the years, I have grown more comfortable being myself on the air. I have also grown more comfortable being in front of crowds and groups It took me years to get as comfortable as I am!
Now, back to Eddie! Listen to him! He's 13 year's old. THIRTEEN YEARS OLD! How crazy is this? I am jealous over how comfortable and cool Eddie is sharing his opinion. He doesn't seem to care what other people think. He says what he's thinking and does it with the swagger of a pimp.
I think we can all take something from Eddie. Speak your mind. Who cares what other people think? Just speak up! Oh that's right. We are adults. There are consequences to being like Eddie. Those consequences don't really exist when you are 13.
Now I'm confused. Am I jealous of Eddie, or do I just wish I could be 13 again so that I could tell a few people what was really on my mind! How cool would that be? I'm talking about being able to comfortably tell a teacher that I disagreed with them. I'm talking about having the confidence to go face to face with my former bullies and ask "what's the real issue here? Do you have something that's bugging you? Do you need a hug? What's the real reason that you want to punch me? Is mommy's drinking causing you to lash out here on the playground"?
Maybe it's better that I didn't speak up as a kid. The world needed a radio personality! I wouldn't be who I am today had I been more confident as a 13 year old. Eddie? I'm not sure what the world needs, but I have a feeling you will find a hole and fill it! Doctor? Lawyer? CEO? Inventor of the Weitonbullnet? (Trust me, it's gonna be huge in 20 years! It's going to make the Internet look like a horse next to a race car.)
Eddie, someday...I want to work for you!