Seats were lacking at the seminar today. I'm being ushered to sit infront but the thing is, I don't want to. Besides, there are vacant tables at the back and I know it's there for people who will arrive late. We asked for chairs so we could sit at the back but they didn't want to give us any and insisted that we should just move infront. But, I don't want to and I have my reasons.
It's Saturday. Every Saturday, I dedicate my time to experiment, take pictures, research keywords, write articles, and everything it takes so I could have a complete line-up ready for next week's publishing schedule.
Then why did I attend a seminar on a Saturday? It was a spur of the moment decision.
The friend I'm with tried to convince me to move to the vacant seats but I didn't budge. My Saturday bitch boss have checked - in and took an available chair for me. Please, I've handled enough events in four years to know that only the the head organizer can stop me and that he's too busy to care about seating arrangements.
The seminar started and I'm seating at the back on my own with a whole table for myself. My friend chose to follow the rules. At first it felt wierd and it makes me worried that I can be seen easily during the open forum which is what I'm also trying to avoid. Then as expected, late comers started to arrive. Since all the seats were taken, they were provided new ones and ushered to the vacant tables.
Lesson of the day? Take action.
You know what you want and nobody will hand you exactly what you want and how you want it. Assess the situation, if you see a solution and there's nothing wrong with it, take action even without their permission. Seriously, it's just a chair and their reasons have obvious loopholes. It's too petty. If you can't even grab that what else will you be letting go only to follow some flawed rules?
- Aisiah Ezekyel