I took the shortest trip EVER last weekend to pop into ACL with Uber for a sweet afternoon outside Barton Springs Saloon! If you’ve been following my escapades on Instagram, you’ve seen “THE PANTS” and you know how obsessed I am with them. Backstory: I picked up these CRAZY striped high-waisted jeans at a vintage shop in Nashville a few months ago and can’t seem to stop wearing them. I feel like they need their own Instagram account. But for now, they’re known as THE PANTS, and they landed in Austin with me at noon last Friday, hung out with the Uber team, listened (if they can hear) to live music, took some photos, and flew back to Nash with me at 6PM. We had fun.
It’s no secret that I love working with Uber, and it’s no secret why. They love their driver-partners. They do so much to celebrate them which is why this little pop up was SO cool because the driver-partners got to perform on stage in front of HOARDS of festival goers. (P.S. “THE PANTS” didn’t seem so crazy next to some of these festival outfits, lemme tell ya. I really felt like I wasn’t outside the fashion box at ALL. I’ll work on it.) Anyhoo, it really was a sweet time. Whenever human beings are encouraged and supported in pursuing their dreams, I’m a fan. So seeing people on stage living their most creative lives, knowing they had the backing of a company like Uber was wild and wonderful. Keep it up my friends!!
And the best part was actually my ride back to the airport. The man that drove me was probably in his late 30’s, super friendly, asking about my short trip. I shared that I was working with Uber, I described the event, and then he asked more about the Instagram side. He said he had never met someone who was an “influencer”, and was really curious about what it entailed. I thought for a minute and said, “It’s basically what you do. You meet a bunch of strangers every day, and whatever you decide to say, not say, be like, it affects them. You get to decide what message you send, and it influences people. You do it in person, and I do it online!”
He then shared about his life journey and how he never in a million years imagined that he would get to a point where he would be able to have a positive impact on other human beings. I was trying so hard not to break down crying because this person had such a LIGHT about them. He had such a truly sweet spirit, and hearing the story of how far he’d come was STUNNING. I told him he had no idea how much he’d inspired ME, and encouraged my heart! He dropped me off at the airport and I walked away thinking about how common these experiences have been for me, riding with strangers—hearing snippets of their beautiful stories and feeling them heal me right there in the back seats of their cars! I love it.
I’d love to hear your ride stories too! Please share!!! I seriously want all the details.
Love you guys!!
***This post is sponsored by Uber, but all stories and opinions are my own!!***