Rockefeller Secret Gardens
One of the perks of my day job is the location- Rockefeller Center. There is always a buzz around Rockefeller Center. The Today Show is filmed there every morning and I have had the wonderful opportunity to see performances by Alicia Keys, Ed Sheerhan, and Shania Twain. This past summer, famed artist Jeff Koons installed a huge piece- a giant ballerina sitting on a cupcake. With the holiday season not too far off, I can look forward to the large Christmas tree that will be placed in front of 30 Rock. There are many fun benefits to working in this location.
Rockefeller Center also offers special privleges to tenants in the building, including access to a nap room, discounted massages, and invitations to various events. One recent event, a picnic, gave tenants access to the famed secret gardens of Rockefeller Center. I have direct line of sight of the gardens from my office window. With bright blue fountains, they look like an elevated oasis amidst the the various buildings, including St. Patrick's Cathedral. My coworkers and I agreed to all go to the picnic, allowing us access to the gardens.
The day of the picnic arrived and as luck would have it, it was raining hard. I was annoyed by the weather. That morning we had a company wide meeting with required attendance and that also annoyed me. Basically, I was in a bad mood. By the time lunch rolled around, I was no longer interested in the gardens. I have an enthusiastic coworker who stated she was going hell or high water. She asked me if I wanted to go and I grumbled a "No, thanks." I didn't want to be out in the rain, even if this was my one chance to see the gardens as they are not open to the public.
I stayed at my desk sulking while my coworker went off. She came back after 40 minutes with a glowing review of how amazing the cathedral looked from the gardens and how lovely it felt to be amidst the greenery, even on a rainy day. As she went on, I started to feel regret. It felt kinda sad to skip out on the event because of weather. And when was I going to have this chance again? I couldn't count on the gardens being open another time. This was probably my one and only chance to go. I did feel that if I didn't go, I would regret it later on.
I borrowed an umbrella from my coworker and off I went. It took about 15 minutes to get there. As soon as I stepped out into the garden, I was glad I had made it, even with the rain. The perspective of the buildings and cathedral was quite unique. The gardens themselves were very peaceful and lovely, quite the contrast to the hustle and bustle happening down on the ground. From my office window, I had often wondered how deep the fountains were, guessing that they were at least 4 feet deep, but seeing them up close, they were actually much more shallow. Having the access to the gardens was really special and I felt fortunate to experience them since they are closed to the public. One of my values is to take advantage and experience life as much as possible and I realized that visiting the gardens, even if it was raining hard, fell in line with that value. I didn't regret the decision and now, a few weeks later, feel grateful to have put my bad mood aside and taken advantage of the unique experience.