To say I was skeptical of some aspects of the conference beforehand would be a terrible, terrible understatement. On the ride up with former coworker Jnet:
Her: “So are you recovered from your flu?” [Swine flu, I swear.]
Me: “I guess, yeah… I’m still not very hungry.“
Her: “Well, you’ll have lots of good vegetarian cooking at Cortes.“
Me: “…Whaaah? Awwww.”
I know! Fortunately, said vegetarian cooking turned out to be delicious and, contrary to our hosts’ warning, I didn’t totally fart the entire time. Upon leaving Cortes, Jnet and I immediately went to a Wendy’s in Campbell River, but that’s neither here nor there. It was good, trust me.
Now, I’m not a super-huggy person, and there was a bit more hugging than I’m used to, which is honestly saying a lot, coming from the Vancouver social media scene. There was also a substantially greater-than-usual amount of talking about ambitions and goals and feelings and things. On the other hand, there were parts I was really interested in, such as answering the question, “is it possible to create a new medium and use it for artistic purposes without the first few years of its existence being used expressly to discuss that medium?” (See photography, cave painting, the web, Twitter, etc.) The answer: maybe?
Despite my skepticism, it turned out that there were parts that proved extremely valuable to me. Incredibly, these were the parts that involved tackling issues and feelings! And talking about them! If the words “coaching circle” make you wrinkle your nose in pain, you’re experiencing more or less the same sort of anticipation as I was beforehand.
And yet, the coaching circle was extremely helpful after all. Of course, there were still parts of Media that Matters that I was perhaps a little too much of a cynical prude to enjoy.
So I got back and decided I needed to make some changes. So I’m trying new things this summer. First of all, as mentioned in my last post, my knees have finally recovered enough for me to get places with my exercise regimen. (I think my problem with the stationary bike is that I get bored and always have a sneaking suspicion that I’m accomplishing less than I ought to be. I might end up buying a trainer for my bike, since there’s plenty on Craigslist, but actually using it without feeling like I’m just screwing around, that will be the challenge.)
So, exercise. What else?
- Writing more. Theoretically.
- Actually building a bicycle instead of just buying one.
- Knitting classes at Three Bags Full on Main Street. I’ve never knit before.
- Going to more art shows. More barbeques. More events.
- Quitting my job and going to art school.