Today’s sessions were good but not stellar — at least the ones I attended. As I suffered through them I thought, I could lead this session a lot better.
Clearly, I’m tha ish — for realz.
Between sessions, I ran into a few people from the last NCORE conference and some participants from yesterday’s Digital Storytelling session. They recognized my wisdom and praised me. You know, because I’m kind of a big deal.
How do I do it, you ask? How do manage the magnificence that is Miguel? I do it for you — all the people who adore me and who wish to be more like me. You see, without you, I couldn’t be me. And a world where Miguel can’t be Miguel would be so unfulfilling — for you.
After the opening reception, I walked into the ballroom where the NCORE Talent Showcase was to be held. I sat in the back and pulled up a few poems on my mobile phone. Undoubtedly there’d be a point in the showcase where members of the audience would be invited to take the stage. It would’ve been rude of me not to share a few of my poems.
What? I missed the call for entertainers? When did this happen? Months ago? Hmm … it’s your loss.
No, seriously, it is.
The first few acts featured “poets.”
Ah, that was cute.
Oh, that’s a nice one.
Hey. That one is pretty good.
Hmm … I actually like that one.
Then Micheal Reyes came to the stage and did his improv poem.
I wish I could’ve seen my face when it got wrecked cuz it got wrecked hard.
As I rose with the audience to give him an ovation, I realized I’d been acting like a jerk all day — and probably a lot longer than that. I realized that everyone at this conference is, well, tha ish.
He followed the improv poem with this poem (below) but I didn’t hear it all because I was still thinking.
I thought of the sessions I sat in and how it showed on my face that I could do it better. I thought about the people I spoke with in the halls who endured my attitude and still kindly asked for my card. I thought of all the performers who took the stage wanting to share their talents and how I just sat there enjoying their mistakes. And I felt ashamed.