Where Everybody Knows Your Name

As usual for this time of year, I have been in a self-reflective mode here on RJsCorner. It seems that the primary focus this year is my Aspie traits. Why I think that is the case is the topic of this post.

“Where Everybody Knows Your Name” has become somewhat of a symbol in my life. I suppose there are some who might read these words and not know the source, so first off I will tell you about them and then get into their symbolic meaning.

Cheers was the name of a TV show produced between 1982 and 1993. That is just yesterday to me but I realize that many around were not even born then. 🙃 It took place in a bar in Boston. The main reason for the show’s success was the diversity of characters that came and went. The theme song was the perfect profile for the show. Here it is.

Finally, getting to the point of this post. Everyone wants to, at least some times and likely most of the time, be where you feel comfortable. Where you don’t have to put on a mask. Where you can be yourself. Some call that the tribe, but to me tribe insinuates blood relations and just because you are of the same blood doesn’t mean that you share the same worldview and get along.

I like the old saying “You can’t get to pick your family but you do pick your friends”. Another core reason for going where everybody knows your name is to let you know that you are not alone in this world. There are others out there that have common experiences and traits. That is something nice to know.

If it was true in 1982 that it takes everything you got to live in the world, just how much more is it needed in 2020? We all need to go where everybody knows your name… But that isn’t where you should live. It is just a place to find a bit of respite from the world. We all need to stay connected to each other to celebrate our diversity even our political diversity.

I think what brought the topic of this post to the forefront from me are the recent Aspie posts I have put out. I always get into a reflective mode this time of year about one thing or another. The topic seems to change on an annual basis but the reflection doesn’t. I have often made it known here that I don’t like being labeled! It just seems to put you in a one-dimensional world. I love living in three or even four dimensions.

But, still I am happy I found that my unique characteristics are not absolutely unique. There are others out there who share many of my quirky characteristics and some are even regular readers here at RJsCorner. That is nice to know and it is even nicer to share our individual experiences with one another.

It is nice to go where everybody knows your name.

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