Last week, a few Cutliners went to check out Pop-Up Magazine in Oakland to see what all the hype was about. Pop-Up, billed as a live magazine, is a one-night event that includes live music, photography, art, and incredible story tellers.
One thing’s for sure: it did not disappoint! It was beautiful, raw and incredibly moving. These 11 “magazine” features had us feeling so many different emotions: from uncontrollable laughter to tears of empathy and everything in between. The show was full of wisdom, lessons learned and reminders to appreciate life, culture and our roots. While still respecting the wishes of the producers to keep the content of the show a true surprise for attendees, we wanted to recap a few big (non-spoiler!) takeaways.
Role models are hard to come by. Most of the famous role models out there fit one archetype: they’re all skinny, beautiful and live extravagant lifestyles. Look outside of the public eye to find your role model, and when you find someone who you can truly look up to, hang on to them.
Embrace your identity. We’re all different; we come from unique backgrounds, have different strengths and weaknesses, and unique physical qualities. Love who you are and be proud of what makes you different, because at the end of the day, it’s all you’ve got!
Such an amazing cultural opportunity. So much fun and so much learned! Some of my key takeaways:
According to science, the present only lasts approximately three seconds. Don’t take any single one for granted.
Never judge anyone. Although we’ve all heard this life lesson a billion times in our lives, the Pop-Up show reminded me that you never know what someone is going through or why they have made the decisions they have. And above all, always be grateful for your blessings.
As a black woman, my hair has been a constant battle in my life. It continually defines who I am and how others perceive me, and for the longest time, I let these facts get in the way of who I was. Embracing my curls inspired a self-confidence that I never knew I had, generally and culturally.
What a great show this was! It made me feel nearly every emotion - happy, sad, captivated, inspired, and more.
Be in the moment. Your present thought / moment only lasts three seconds, so make every moment count and pay attention to what’s important and what’s right in front of you.
Love what makes you different. Everyone has insecurities but it’s how you handle those insecurities that get you through the day, happy. You may not love everything about yourself, but you should love what makes you different.
All I can say is it really was pure magic! The way they brought each of the 11 stories to life using beautiful illustrations and visuals, combined with live music (and even food!) was perfection.
Be proud of where you came from. Sometimes we feel ashamed or embarrassed of our backgrounds or families, but that’s what makes life so beautiful. The little differences in everyone’s upbringing and the stories we can share are all lessons we can learn from (while laughing along the way).
Be proud of who you are (including what you look like!). Another story reminded me of how important it is to be confident in yourself and that includes how you look. It’s silly to be so set on looking perfect, when your imperfections are what make you... YOU!