Good morning. Sick Em here. Yeah, definitely the flu. Sucks. I missed the bachelorette party last night and the manicure/pedicure thing the girls are doing this morning. I’m hoping I can actually make her wedding tomorrow…sigh. It is what it is, and it is what it will be. That’s life.
Meanwhile, I’m trying to keep producing here when my flu-brain allows a clear thought or two. But, it has been on my mind lately that as followers increase, and I learn how to manage all that comes with it, that I am trying to get to know as many of you as possible, and that is a big task. And I’m only at about 200 followers in my three months here so far…I don’t know how those with hundreds or thousands do it. Maybe they can’t. Maybe I won’t be able to, either.
The thing about me, I like to know people. I want to ask names, I want to know where you’re from. And I want to remember a small detail, as much as I can. I’m hanging in there, but, I decided I’m going to try and spreadsheet out this info as an experiment. We shall see if I can maintain it, absolutely zero promises.
But I have a thing for connection. For connecting with anyone who crosses my path, in some way shape or form, however small. That connection varies, and clearly it can’t be even across the board, for I am only one human, and each connection is different. As I’ve said before, I dream of being a travel photojournalist someday (in my next life, perhaps?) and I find humanity endlessly fascinating, people, their stories, their cities. All of it. And WordPress is a microcosm of that experience.
At the very least, names and locations. In my yoga and cycle classes that I have taught for so many years, I always make the effort to remember a name. It usually takes me a few rounds, but then I’ll get it. In fact, there are times when I’ve named an entire class of cycle members on a random weekday. 30 people who I don’t see every day, who I can never predict when will walk through the door. That kind of blew people away when I went through and named them all, on more than one occasion. They actually applauded.
So I’m going to try and jot some of this down in maybe some vain attempt at remembering everyone who has said hello and introduced themselves. But, don’t expect perfection. 🙂
If you haven’t said hi, but want me to know your name and location, please go ahead and leave it here. I love knowing where you all are on this pale blue dot.
I didn’t come here expecting to “meet” anyone, and so boy was I in for a shock when I got slammed by love and friendship. Thanks for that. Truly. I’m trying to return the favor as best as I can. I really, swear to goodness, just wanted a place to store my poetry. Ha. Joke’s on me.
The other thing about me, is that I am a communicator. I try to reply to everything as best as I know how, as timely as possible. I believe in answering honestly when someone asks me “How are you?” Don’t ask if you don’t want the truth. And when I ask the same, I want nothing but the truth. Give me your worst along with your best. It’s the only way to live wholeheartedly, bravely, vulnerably with true connection. Or not, you don’t have to…that’s okay, too.
I’m Emily, but you can call me Em. I live in Seattle, Pacific Standard Time. Keep that in mind when waiting to hear from me. 🙂
Nice to meet you.