Work for me is serving food and drinks to people at 12 Chairs, a restaurant in Williamsburg Brooklyn - the most talked about neighborhood in New York. I love my job because I get to interact with extremely interesting people and hear their stories, I am on my feet for eight hours strait which gets me out of my head and keeps me in shape. I also don't take work home with me.
Most important, It's flexible, which allows me to do what I love - make music, travel and write.
We have regulars who come every day. Sometimes a few times a day. They love spending money because they have it. But people in Brooklyn are (still) different. To me it seems like they don't focus on their finances as THE goal, but rather put the weight on their creative side. They all want to leave a mark and not JUST make money. I respect that, and even though most of the workers from Vice, who come everyday as their offices are located right next door, have a slight superior vibe, I'm willing to let that go. Because at the end of the day, them being brain washed about how they are the best humans/creators on planet earth, does not affect my tip. On the contrary.
A few days ago I got a phone call from one of my bosses saying a couple was coming in - Michael and Mark and he insisted I had to be extra nice and make sure not to charge them because they were 'big' in the online food industry. Whatever that means.
We get A LOT of bloggers, instagrammers, critics and just regular 'important foodies'. I never get excited. But these guys were different from the moment they stepped in the door. The restaurant was empty so we had time to talk without interruption. They were English and warm - not the first quality anyone would affiliate with the Brits.
They knew my name already from talking to Daniel, our PR lady and I gave them the best table for pictures.
They were real, curious, kind and absolutely adorable.
'Did Daniel tell you about what we do?' Michael, the more talkative one asked, while pulling up their Instagram page.
'Not really, I just heard you were coming'
He showed me their page @Symmetrybreakfast
The first thing I noticed was indeed the symmetry and then, under the word followers I saw 567K. I really liked the magic of the consecutive numbers but it took a while to register it meant half a million.
While I was thinking about the numbers and their significance, Michael started telling me about the story behind their page. There was a REAL story.
'For the past two years we've been eating the same breakfast together every single morning and I've been capturing the dishes mirroring each other.'
It hit me and my jaw dropped. Literally. I felt how much work went into creating this page and maintaining this life style. The attention to detail, the passion for cooking, the appreciation for beauty.
I asked how it all started and the answer filled my heart with hope. A rare sensation to experience in relation to social media.
'It started when Mark had to works sixteen hour days in the fashion industry and the only time we had together was in the morning. So I decided to invest in it and turn this time we had together into memorable and meaningful. After a while I started posting photos, then it became a page and one day it exploded.
I suggested to order the Eggs Siniya because it would photograph well and we continued talking about truth, intention, and how meaningless fame and money can be if they don't support their original goal of getting closer to each other.
It resonated with me on so many levels. As artists, while we all want to be recognized for our work and creation, the true ones always keep the intention in mind. Whatever it might be. We all have different reasons for why we create but I think there’s one common truth - connection.
Some of us want to inspire, others to help the ones in need and some just want to be understood. We share, share, share, compulsively but out of necessity. Not for money or fame, but rather for the humanity of the act. For the beauty. We do it to acknowledge the fact everything is extremely fragile, reminding each other to be careful not to break the most precious thing of all – our bond as humans.
Michael and Mark, thank you for reminding me once again the importance of true love and connection.