Great, non-fictional storytelling is hands down my favorite. I’m not sure you can call it a hobby, but it’s definitely what consumes much of my free time in some form or fashion, as well as parts of my career.
Ironically, while I’m a writer at heart, I’ve never been the biggest reader of books. Magazines, newspapers, etc., have always been my preference for reading, and I’d always preferred watching or listening. And really, it was listening.
Which now completely makes sense after being diagnosed with ADHD last fall at 33.
I entered the world of talk radio through a SiriusXM subscription around my freshman or sophomore year in college, ultimately becoming glued to the then “Cosmo Radio.” I’d purchased one of the Sirius devices that recorded so I’d have shows with me all day, similar to how I am now with podcasts.
It was a beautiful time in life, because several (and by several, I’d say hundreds) of us became friends. We’d call each other our “fake life” friends, and thanks to social media, we were able to create groups and get closer. In fact two years in a row, we held “Cosmo Con” in New York City, which was an event we initiated, planned and organized entirely on our own. While a large part of it was being with the people we listened to every day, it was just as much if not more about being with each other.
And while the days of Cosmo Radio are long over, the friendships are still as amazing as ever. We’ve been to each other’s weddings, baby showers, get-togethers, stand up shows for one of the hosts that is a comedian, etc.
Like my ongoing friendships with these women, I have many things in life that “just make me feel good.”
So where am I going with this, and what does it have to do with a completely unrelated podcast?
The world of podcasting is endless and there’s always an abundance of great stories to be shared.
But when it comes to Heavyweight, it’s not just the telling of a story.
It’s the telling of a story that had something unresolved or floating out there, and by the end of the episode, it comes to a solution. You walk away with more than you came in with. It’s so satisfying, gratifying and uplifting.
And now, realizing it is ADHD that makes it difficult at times to just do one thing at a time, I realize how truly invested I get into the stories Jonathon Goldstein shares because I can be driving and won’t tune it out. Or if I’m cleaning or working as I usually do when listening to anything, I’m invested – and will rewind however many times I need to if I miss something.
While the next season of the show doesn’t come out until the Fall, they launch a mini-short recently.
Even though it was shorter than the traditional episode, it was just as amazing. Whenever I see it come up in my feed, it’s always a feel-good listen. It’s a happy place.
So if you’re looking for a happy place, I urge you to give it a try. I think you’ll be delighted.