Today, I Met Bobby Green

Sunday, September 13, 2015


I landed in Columbus, Ohio this afternoon for a job. As soon as I settled into my hotel room, I stepped out to get some groceries at Trader Joe's.


Before I delve into the events of my trip, I'll let you know that my life has been on a bit of a roller coaster lately: monetarily, emotionally, physically... Sometimes we go through periods of grief and uncertainty that leave us feeling kind of hopeless... Like we're withering away. That sounds so sad! But it can be. There are dark corners to life, and it's easy to forget that we are probably running into them for a reason.

Now, I'm not a particularly religious person in the sense of a single denomination, but today made me feel like there is some kind of plan to all this we go through. I was circling the aisles of the store, and as I was about to head out, someone stopped me and said "There's something special about you, honey. I can see in your eyes that you have a good heart." He had no idea whether or not this was true, but we stood in the bread aisle and talked for a full hour. I told him he was put in my life for a reason, and that he was a very special person too. We hugged I think three times throughout, thinking each time it was goodbye, and then continued talking.

Bobby Green is 78 years old and grew up in the woods of Arkansas. He put on his real accent for me and told me he's learned "to cover it up!" When he was 16, he ran away from home to do what he loved, and that was singing. He went from dirt poor to a successful rockabilly singer, and traveled to countries across the world in the 50s and 60s. He told me if something is in your heart don't doubt for a second that you can do it. I wish I could remember more of the exact things he said... I don't talk about it much but I grew up pretty poor myself. It was just my single mom (a waitress at the time) and I. We had no running water and no heat for most of my childhood. I used to have to shower at the YMCA and use the bathroom at restaurants! So many people have it so much worse, but I'm very grateful for how that time shaped me and gave me a sense of empathy as an adult with a more steady income.

I just thought I'd share all this, and that it's important not to lose hope when you think all is lost! Even if you don't even know what it is you want, something in this world will show you a sign in one way or another. The hardships you may be feeling, once overcome, will make you so much stronger. I do believe in soulmates, beyond the love sense of the word. I think we are meant to come across certain people in life who will drive our souls in a particular direction. I think Bobby was one of those people... Have you ever met someone and felt like you crossed paths for a reason?

Here is one of Bobby's songs from when he was young. Thought it would only be fair to share all this in exchange for his encouragement.


(PS the painting at the top is The Song of the Lark by Jules Breton. Bill Murray changed his mind about committing suicide upon seeing it."I thought, 'Well there's a girl who doesn't have a whole lot of prospects, but the sun's coming up anyway and she's got another chance at it.'")

20 comments :

  1. I'm crying as I'm reading this. So needed, thank you so much!

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    1. Wow that's amazing, I would of never of guessed u grew up like that wow, and that's so special to have meet him that's amazing

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  2. Wow. This really provoked different kinds of feelings. I feel like I can relate to parts of this, since my life was on a roller coaster this spring. I hope you'll carry this meeting with you in heart and that you make it through soon! Best of luck xx

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  3. You write the most beautiful posts Dayna. I have definitely met someone and felt it was for a reason. I love your blog, thank you for sharing!

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  4. Hey girl :) I don't know if you remember me but some time ago I told you on Instagram that you inspire me a lot which is why I went vegetarian and once again I simply want to say thank you. These words just made me cry as well because I'm in a similar situation for some time now and your words just felt like a sign from God trying to tell me that everything will be alright again. If I would have met you I would have told you the same as Bobby Green because you truly are a great person and I can only hope to meet such a good soul one day too so thank you once again dayna and j wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart!! Xx

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  5. Wow! really cool story!

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  6. Hey! if you were fascinated by Bobby's life/ childhood you should read this book called Unbroken. It's nonfiction, and it's about how this really poor guy named Louis Zamperini became an olympian and then fought in WWII. dont google it, just read it! it made me become very appreciative of my life and gave me an optimistic perspective - especially during tough times. the fact that it is all true and not fiction, blew me away. definitely recommend!

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  7. Hi Dayna! Just curious, were you able to take out a loan to attend college? I'm not really in the best situation financially and I don't know if I will be able to move out to go to school next year...

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  8. This is absolutely lovely. I love your blog and writing so much. I hope things become more stable for you soon!

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  9. That's such a beautiful story. I'm not religious myself either, but there are certainly people I have connected to in my life, like pieces in a puzzle, in which we just click.

    Last year I met one of my "soulmates", from Germany. She was visiting my country, and I just happened to meet her through a mutual friend, and we clicked. I just got back from a month in Germany living with her family. There's this unexplainable trust we have with each other.It makes you wonder how magical life is!

    (I never knew Bill Murray tried committing suicide! Upon googling the story, turns out it was in his earlier career days. Bless that painting for changing his mind.)

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  10. Everything happens for our highest good

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  11. I teared up while reading this, its what I needed to read! Thank you for sharing! xx

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  12. I teared up while reading this, its what I need to read! Thanks so much for sharing! xo

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  13. Thank you for this beutiful post Dayna. I've been feeling really down lately, and you practically put a smile on my face!

    Keep doing what you're doing, because you're great at it. xx

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  14. Sorry, I meant to say BEAUTIFUL. anyways, xx

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  15. Definitely my favourite post of yours so far! Really made me think x

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  16. This was one of the most beautiful things I've ever read. Thank you for sharing. Much love.

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  17. thank you for this post Dayna. my favourite thus far xx

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  18. Wow, this is probably one of my favorite posts of yours. I'm glad that meeting that man has lifted your spirits and made you feel like everything will eventually be okay again. Thank you for writing about some of your younger experiences, I'm glad you feel comfortable sharing those memories on here with us. I have a lot of respect for you. This post is so sweet and Bobby was right, you are special and do have a good heart.

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  19. wwow yall are such ass kissers actin like this is one a the deepest things youve ever read

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