I honestly had no idea how I was to start this journal, but I figure you guys could organize my scrambled mess and make sense of it. There are many things that I want to say and write, but for the sake of remaining neutral positive, I'm going to be very selective with my words.
RTX has wrapped, and this year was very difficult for a lot of us. I'm sure a great number of you have or will share your experiences in hopes of ensuring that next year will be better, and I fully encourage that you speak up. I ask that of my team, and now I ask that of the community. For some of you, this will be the best year ever, and that's fantastic. Others may see room for improvement, so I want you to say something. RTX is a forever changing event, and every year will be different, so we have to adapt and change with it so that we can grow together.
As volunteers of such a large event, it's easy for a lot of us to be forgotten in the mix. I know some of you will have a knee jerk reaction to that statement like "it's easy for you because you're a PA" but let me tell you a little bit of my day to day during RTX.
I am all over the place during the show. I'm not out on the floor all too often, and I stay behind the scenes, keeping an eye on my phone, listening to the walkie, checking in on my teammates, jumping in when unique requests pour in from out of nowhere. I helped console upset attendees and Guardians, but I also helped make their day. If someone asks "do you have a few minutes to talk?" I NEVER say no. If someone asks "can you help me?" I NEVER say no. Being a team lead, in my eyes, means that you take the brunt of a lot of the crazy and stress and you process accordingly. No matter what the situation, you deal with it. Whether you have to talk to another teammate, Head Guardian, staff, special guest, attendee, ACC staff, whoever, you do it. In my mind, I have 72 hours to help run a show smoothly, and the more I can handle in short spans of time, the more efficiently my team will run. If I don't do my job, they can't do theirs. That said, throughout these crazy hours, I've come to understand a little bit about every Guardian team. I don't have a full understanding, mind you, but I see a little bit of what every one of you do.
I see you, Guardian, keeping your post to make sure attendees know where to go.
I see you, Guardian, ensuring that vendor has everything they need.
I see you, Guardian, dealing with an extremely belligerent attendee.
I see you, Guardian, dropping everything you're doing to make sure your teammate is okay.
I see you, Guardian, doing what you can to make sure that attendee has all the proper info.
I see you, Guardian, highfiving that attendee because you want them to enjoy the show.
I see you, Guardian, watching over our belongings and keeping our safe place, well, safe.
I see you, Guardian, on a mission to reunite a parent with their lost child.
I see you, Guardian, taking a moment to yourself when things become too much of a burden.
I see you, Guardian, keeping your cool and patience when things don't go according to plan.
I see you, Guardian, encouraging your fellow Guardians when they had a rough of couple hours.
I see you, Guardian, hyping the crowd to build that positive energy.
I see you, Guardian, keeping the large crowds in order.
I see you, Guardian, wearing that badge proudly.
I don't have a lot of time to myself when Day 1 kicks off. But I see these things, and I beam with pride. I wish I could tell every single one of you who has crossed my path, thank you for doing your job and for running this show. I wish I could spend an extra five seconds with all of you to hug you or high five you. I wish I could express my gratitude because so many of you, I know, don't always get personal thanks. And I know for a fucking fact that if it were humanly possible, Mary, Chris, and Dan would shake every single one of your hands. I hope there isn't a moment that passes where you don't believe that you are not appreciated. You are. I see it every year. And I hope you bring that home with you post-RTX.
To my Guardians, thank you for being the heart of this show.