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16 April 2010 @ 01:34 pm
a life's work  
[DATE NOTE: I wanted to publish this tomorrow, but apparently LJ won't let me schedule a future post. I don't trust myself to remember to post it tomorrow so here it is, a day early.]


Exactly thirteen years ago today, I blogged1 that I had figured out what I wanted to do with my life: I wanted to meet interesting people. I think that, by any reasonable metric, I have been successful, though there is still plenty of room to grow.

I may never be famous. I may never be powerful. I may never be an influencer or a social nexus point2. But, as I wrote then, even Forrest Gump met a whole lot of interesting people just by being kind and being himself. That I can be (though sometimes it's not easy).

Exactly five years and five months ago tomorrow, I decided that I wanted to get to know Mr. G, and set about making it happen. It took a lot of concerted effort3 and in the end I believe that it was kindness that finally brought it about4.

As Conan O'Brien once said, "if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen." It's absolutely true.



Footnotes:

  1. I was blogging in 1997, and had been for years at that point. Everyone thought I was crazy to put myself out there online.

  2. Particularly if I continue blogging as rarely as I do.

  3. More than I care to admit, actually, lest anyone get the wrong idea.

  4. Being yourself might be sufficient if your self is sufficiently awesome. In my case, I think that the kindness made up for, or at least distracted from, my other shortcomings.


 
 
 
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Lady Celialadycelia on April 16th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Man, I've been blogging a while, but nothing like 13 years. And I'm still not sure what I want to be when I grow up (I'm 50!).
Molly: * Mollyfairest1 on April 17th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
sauchsauch on December 12th, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
Thank you for giving me a reason to log into livejournal again after half a year. That said, I admire that you got to know Mr. G out of sheer determination and all those undisclosed efforts you don't want to tell us. Maybe someday, I'll also decide that I want to meet Mr. G that strongly and make it happen. I admire people who can want things with that much intensity.
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