I’m originally from Minnesota, and I knew that our orchestra was something special, but I didn’t know what a great and lucky day I would end up having.
Prior to the show, I had read an article about the country-wide tour,written by a Minnesota Public Radio (our equivalent to the BBC) reporter who was traveling with the orchestra, so when I spotted the dude with the recording equipment, I guessed it was him and went up to greet him. Turns out he’s a super nice person, and he interviewed me for the radio! 🙂
During the concert, I sat next to a Minnesotan couple (there were actually 300 Minnesotans in the room because the tour brought all their sponsors with them, plus the musicians, the choir, and some of their children.). Of course they were friendly, and they asked me my name, and what I was doing here. When I returned the question, the woman replied that her name was Linda Mack.
I said, “Linda Mack, the architecture writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper? Wow!! I used to read your column all the time!” She was pleased, and when I walked them to their tour bus, I took a moment to point out some buildings in downtown Joburg, since the tour guides weren’t going to show them the area because of safety and security issues.
Then the Macks invited me to tea the next day, so I went out to their hotel in Sandton and chatted with them for a couple of hours about (my admittedly limited knowledge of) South African history and culture. It was delightful.
Well, as the saying goes, “fortune favors the bold,” and so I’m glad I got out of my comfort zone to go to a new place and hear a new thing.
Hope this helps you to take up new opportunities, try new things, put yourself in new circumstances — because that’s how good luck happens!