“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” - Neil Gaiman
This coming year, or the year it is now that still feels like it just began even though it is somehow already March, has already proven to be one filled with surprises.
For instance, I have only ever attended one blogging conference (BlogHer '09) and while it was unquestionably one of the highlights of my personal life, I was pretty sure I wouldn't attend another conference again. This is mostly because I imagined another conference of its like could only pale in comparison to what that time in Chicago was. Because life is like that. Something can only be awe-inspiring-ly new once, then it becomes familiar and after that routine, and I didn't want that to happen to my blog world (for me personally). I like living in awesome wonder as much as I can, and I didn't want to sully any of my wonderment. And I know that probably doesn't make any sense at all.
However, this year, all of the sudden, and quite out of the blue, the opportunity to attend another conference was presented to me and I jumped at it like I was sprinting through an airport terminal about to miss the most important plane of my life. And I can't really explain why any of this is, it's just something I know on the inside I need to do, and need to do now.
In two weeks I am flying to Dallas to attend BlissDom 2013, and I am so excited and filled with wonder anew. I'm rooming with two gals I don't know yet, and one gal who I met and instantly loved at BlogHer in Chicago. We will be friends for life after this conference, I know it, because that's how this stuff works, and I'm so thrilled I could burst with anticipation.
I don't know what this experience has in store for me, or why it is that I am supposed to go, I just know that I'm meant to be there this time. I can only imagine what might transpire, but I hope that I'll be open and ready to take whatever it is with me into the next phase of whatever my future holds. It's going to be sooo good though, I can already tell.