Last week, I had the pleasure of mingling with some popular writers that advocate minimalism and location independence. As I stepped off the bus on the corner of Addison & Clark, my palms sweated, my heart beat quicker with each step, and I kept resisting the urge to use the restroom. The prospect of meeting prominent bloggers and the impression that I may or may leave upon them was daunting. However, before entering Rockit Bar & Grill, I paused to take a deep breath and remind myself to just be honest. Just be me. They will either like me or dislike me and there is nothing I can do about that as long as I am genuine. I went inside, met everyone, had a great time, learned new things, discussed ideas, and left.
On my journey home, I had time to reflect on the conversations of the evening. I should not have been nervous. I had nothing to be afraid of. Everyone I met were ‘normal’ people doing remarkable things with their lives. Other people in the bar probably had no idea of the energy that radiated between us, yet, in our circle, we were fully aware of the movement. This led me to realize that often, we pass by other people and are completely oblivious to the beautiful passions that lie within. Some of the most inspiring people we could meet pass you on a daily basis, serve you your coffee every morning, drive your bus, or work in the next cubicle as you (I’m sure there is another Nina in a corporate office, waiting to break the restraints and live).
If we take a few moments to pay attention to the people in our daily routines, we spend less time tracking the lives of distant strangers and instead, inspire and foster the growth of people in our own communities by connecting with the immediate strangers and friends we see often.
You’re probably wondering about the people I met. They are all wonderful. I originally intended to write a post in which I introduced you to almost each person I met. After I started writing, the focus shifted and I realized that it probably doesn’t make a difference if you know. However, it seemed a shame for me to erase everything I wrote, especially after the face-to-face interactions did influence me (this is my blog, after all). Let’s meet them…