You may have noticed I tend to be a tad sarcastic. Sometimes. Or basically pretty much every time I open my mouth, but whatever.
Take that sarcasm, add a big dollop of natural cynicism, and sometimes you get snark.
Trust me, I love snark.
Let’s admit it, it’s fun to poke fun at each other, ourselves, our husbands, our families, ourselves, our kids and… OH YEAH, ourselves!
I also make snap judgments.
This past week I attended the Blissdom conference, and met so so so so many people. And so so so so many of them were awesome. Like an ice cream cone on a summer’s day awesome. You know, when it’s a bazillion degrees out, and you ONLY get a cone because your kid wants one (BWAA HA HA) and you take that first lick and it dribbles all over your hand but you don’t care because you are enjoying it so much? That is how I felt about the people I met at Blissdom.
But there were a few who gave me a jolt. Surprised me… Weren’t at all like I thought they would be.
And I spent a few minutes snarking to myself. WOW. So and so didn’t remember me after we had that FASCINATING 3-line twitter exchange 6 months ago. WHAT. THE. CRAP.
Then I was sitting in a corner last night with a long, long, long-time online friend Amy Turn Sharp. I am not joking when I tell you, we looked at each other at almost exactly the same time, and commented on how many wonderful people we have met through social media. Not just “people we have met” – but FRIENDS.
And I started thinking through my “jolts” from the week. What if that person had just talked to their kid and was missing them terribly, thus distracted? What if that person was overwhelmed by the 700 people in attendance (just like I was)? What if they simply weren’t feeling well?
And I thought back to other conferences, when I’d had previous “jolts” but went on to listen more, try again, and ended up finding something really special?
Not to say I am one to chase a dream, but I suppose, as I get older, I am more willing to let the jolts pass by and see if they are truly lightning I want to avoid … or possibly? Maybe?
It’s a beautiful electrical storm I will really enjoy watching.