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!