It is an extremely rare occasion that I find myself at a loss for words, but trying to translate my experiences over the weekend Steemit meetup into mere words seems oddly inadequate. I don't possess the vocabulary to capture the moments, friendships, and family that was shared by all. It was a few days saturated with meeting new friends, learning new things, and reassessing my goals and paths for the future. I repeatedly found myself deeply involved in some of the most enlightening and fulfilling conversations I have had in years....that's right in years. There is something magically, sublime when a group of diverse individuals descend upon a moment in time to explore the boundaries of greatness and I honestly feel that was exactly what was accomplished. It is the closest to immortality many of us will get to experience. Not only that, the meetup was also fun!
I had only conversed and interacted with some of the people that were attending the meetup a few times and I was extremely excited to get up there and dive into creating some relationships and bonds. I wasn't worried in the slightest because I already felt as if I "knew" the people that were going to be there. THAT is the beauty and mystery of Steemit. For the most part, the people choosing to engage on Steemit are so transparent, authentic, and willing to expose their vulnerability for all to experience that you form real bonds with the people you follow and those who follow you. I have shared more with my Steemit family than I have with many members of my real family. It just feels so comfortably right to do so. Can you imagine 10 years ago telling someone you were going to the mountains to meetup with some people you met on the internet!?! There have been Lifetime Movies of the Week about this! But, other than a bit of nervous energy, it felt more like a homecoming than anything.
There is definitely not enough time or room in a single post to capture all that was experienced and to try to do so would cheapen the moments. I know I would forget some of the people and revelations if I tried to cover them all. I will say that it is an amazing experience to meet your spirit animal in the flesh! I was extremely smitten by Gallow, the beautifully, relaxed companion of @hobotang and @ameliabartlett. He was everything I would want to be as a dog! I instantly felt a deep connection with his human companions and had some deeply enjoyable conversations with both of them. I even came out with a few new recipe ideas to play with! Experiencing both of them speak of their passions was refreshing and inspiring and they gave me a "recharge" to get back to more creative endevours.
Gallow doing what Gallow does! I love this guy!!!
This is, literally, his favorite thing to do!
I also had the immensely moving pleasure of experiencing @katrina-ariel create music and have it recorded by the extremely talented and proficient @sircork. To watch both these masters of their fields work together to create such beautiful music was impressive to say the least. Spending time with both of them together and also on a one-on-one basis means the world to me and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know them a bit better.
I can't say enough about our gracious host for the meetup, @enginewitty and his encouragement. Having the chance to hit the woods and beautiful small stream with him was definitely a highlight of the trip for me. I just wish I would have remembered to pack my fishing gear. He might not have caught anything, but he has one of the most beautiful skip casts I have ever seen! It was like a laser guided missile. He could hit any square inch of the water at will! It was poetry in motion. He cooks a pretty mean steak as well.
The first night I also had the chance to interact with @instructor2121. I was transfixed in awe by his business acumen and his bold vision for the future potential of Steemit. It was so comforting to meet someone who was as passionate about the future and what it could hold for all of us. He has that elusively rare quality of making anyone he is speaking too feel important and a priority. I left our conversation feeling energized and with a renewed passion to redouble my efforts on creating content for the platform.
I know there are so many moments and conversations that I am leaving out. To be honest, I am still a bit overwhelmed by it all and trying to process it. There were two people who came in on the last night that I did not get their usernames. I enjoyed meeting them and wish I would have had more time to spend getting to know them as well.
I am honored to have been able to glean so much from such wise and talented people and I am absolutely ecstatic for future chances to meetup with them again. Thank you all for what each of you gave to me, you will never know how much it means to me.
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