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Setup for Artist Alley was last night (for the Doctor Who convention in Minneapolis). Yesterday was hectic and stressful–yi, yi, yi! I’m sore all over from hauling equipment, supplies, props, and bins. There were several nail-biting moments that could have ended badly.  Actually, it’s been a full week of nail-biters and late nights. Whenever I put myself through big events I wonder why I do these things. And why do I put my family through these things? My husband and son are especially invested in this one, as they’ve built a sophisticated console panel to display. Naturally, that idea evolved into something much bigger and now there’s a lot of pressure on the pair of them. So why do we do it?

Because we can. I believe that when we have a creative idea and the opportunity to bring that idea to the world, no matter how small that “world” is, we have a responsibility to share ourselves, to contribute, to make a difference, and to shine. It’s hard to push ourselves and put ourselves out there, in the spotlight, in a vulnerable place… the nerves get to us. The stress gets to us. And it’s uncomfortable! We like to be comfortable. It’s easier to stay home and hide. But when we push ourselves outside of our comfort zone marvelous things happen!

We’ve already met new people, just from set-up night alone. Today is the first official day of the convention and I know that something unpredictable and possibly beautiful is about to happen. Making connections with people we’ve never met before–that’s what it’s all about.

Sure, we can stay home where it’s comfortable. The choice is ours. We can keep our talents and skills to ourselves. Or, we can do what we know in our hearts is the right thing to do: share our gifts with others and share ourselves with others. It’s all about connection. And that’s why we do it. Oh, and it’s supposed to be fun too, right?

Well, now that I’m wired for the day, it’s the perfect time to fry up some bacon in my favorite cast iron skillet. Good morning! What a wonderful day this will be.