If you’ve ever watched the movie “Yes Man”, you know what I am talking about. If not, I recommend it if you need a good laugh. In short, it is about a man who literally says “Yes” to every thing that is presented to him. I have lived my summer in London this way for the most part, and it has done nothing but brought me happiness.
My yes man attitude has led me to insights and awareness when it comes to research. For example, techniques not necessarily relevant or useful to my work I have learned about when training sessions were being taught just for my own knowledge. And now I feel confident as ever in the lab, and comfortable knowing what machine to use to achieve what piece of information in my research puzzle.
Another example of my so called yes man attitude has led me across the United Kingdom.
Whether it be spending a night out in London,
going on a hike with a couple of my PhD colleagues
or experiencing the roaring wind on the Isle of Wight.
These experiences and many more I have had all came about through a suggestion by a friend, a colleague, a stranger. And without thought, I just said “yes”.
The most prevalent example of my Yes Man attitude, however, was when I met a man from New York who goes by the name of Sep. The story of our friendship is an interesting one, which added a quite interesting dynamic to my life. Essentially he was on a Eurotrip and had a stop in London. I met him on a Tuesday, then again on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday before he left the U.K. and continued on his journey to Amsterdam. We remained in contact because of the fun week we had spent together. It was nice and I felt so comfortable with someone I had known for such a short period of time. It was also a nice feel of home hanging out with someone from North America who can naturally understand my slang or my pop culture references (haha).
Two weeks after we met, Sep’s journey took him to Paris, France. And two weeks after we met I traveled to meet up with Sep in Paris, France. (yep.)
Why have I acted this way though? Well, why not? This has done me no harm, all that my Yes Man attitude has shown me is that no one is out to get you. And as crazy it or I may seem, I have experienced true happiness during my summer in Europe and it is all thanks to the places I have been, the people I have met and the knowledge I have gained. I have caught myself at times sitting in these places silently and just being present in the moment. I feel the sun kiss my skin, listen to the snippets of foreign conversations that are being spoken around me, allow the smell of a fresh croissant gage my taste buds. I have no worries in these moments and I feel as if time is non-existent.
Knowledge, insight, a story to tell, a new friend, a lover, happiness. If I have learned anything from these past couple of weeks it is that everything and everyone adds something to your life and has something to offer. Take risks, and believe in what you believe in.
Yours truly, from the U.K.,