Sometimes fate steps in and makes us do the things that we don't want to do, but need to do. For me, the thing I didn't want to was take twenty minutes to not do anything. Just sit.
Well, fate made me in the form of sticking me in an elevator in the middle of this uncomfortably hot summer we are having. When days have been filled with "I need to do that" and "I need to go there" fate stepped in and said for the next twenty minutes, you lady, are not going anywhere or doing anything. You will sit in this moving, metal box for twenty minutes to sweat and reflect in silence.
So, yes, leaving my fourth floor apartment the elevator stalled between floors and left me helplessly hanging out inside. It took about twenty minutes for the fire department to get there and a fireman to pry the doors open and help me get to safety.
In all my life I have never been stuck in an elevator or known someone who had gotten stuck. It seemed like something that only happens in movies and television shows as a cute place to rekindle a love or an uncomfortable place to have an awkward conversation. Not a solo, boring, hot and stressful place to get stuck when you are just trying to get to your restaurant.
As a person that likes to reflect on why things happen to us and what we can learn from them I've taken away four main things from my experience getting stuck in an elevator:
1. I know have a little bit shorter leg workout because I am terrified of the elevator and have added taking four flights of stairs up and down multiple times a day. My already tired feet from standing up at the restaurant all day really appreciate these extra steps at the end of the day.
2. I am working too much and neglecting my own self care. I needed a minute to reflect and when I didn't give it to myself, it was thrust upon me.
3. Shit happens. We can't control certain situations. Sometimes we are late for work, miss an appointment or plans. The best we can do is move forward and not let the stress build and eat us up during the time we are missing. If you can't get someplace, if something happens, people understand, you need to understand as well and not get stressed over something you cannot control.
4. The Myrtle Beach Fire Department is quick, kind and helpful. I am forever grateful that I didn't have to spend all day in that elevator because of them.
So, whatever hiccups come into your life, whether it's a flat tire, broken alarm, elevator troubles or anything else wild that comes along during this crazy ride called life, take it in stride, accept it and keep on trucking, even if trucking means you now take the stairs.