Going to hip hop shows is an integral part of my life.
Two weeks ago, some friends of mine from LA were in town to perform at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago. As I often do, I went to see them perform. I have a lot of rapper friends, and whenever they are in town I love to go see their growth as artists and performers. I was on the list for the show and of course the lady with the list couldn’t decipher my foreign name, so I just showed her where I was on the list. At the very top, I saw: “Midori +1”
Then it hit me.
Was this what my life was going to be? And if so, for how long?
The “+1” is such a variable. I could bring any one person with me to see the show. What makes this interesting is how I read into it a little deeper. “Midori +1” will always be Midori + someone or something, somewhere, and somehow. And I’m not sure yet if I like the variability or not. It’s exciting, but very uncertain.
I’m a college senior now, and I have no idea where I will be in a year. Shit, less than a year! I know where I want to be, and it’s exciting, but very uncertain. #1 on the list is graduate school. I am filling out applications, asking for recommendations, writing personal statements, and studying for the GRE jusssst to see if I have a chance to get into the program I want to get in to. #2 Travel. Everywhere. But this is so cliche. #3, Who knows?!?! Something strange, yet appealing may present itself in an amazing way and I may just have to run with it. Regardless of what I actually go on to do, my “+1” is anything at this point.
What I love is that one thing is for certain. Midori. And it always will be. Forever. On one hand, I don’t want to be left uncertain. It’s uncomfortable. It’s scary. But I’m glad I have this option to bring someone along—the option to go to graduate school—the option to travel—and all the uncertainty that it entails. What I also know is that it’s going to be just us two. Midori + someone, or something, somewhere, and somehow.