Seize the Day.
Make your lives extraordinary.
Those were the words that Robin Williams uttered in Dead Poet’s Society, a video that flashed on-screen today at the kick-off of my company’s sales conference. The words spoken that gave me chills.
Because it’s so true. At this very moment, it’s about seizing the moment, the day, and our lives.
I feel inspired after the first full day of meetings and last night’s intro dinner and discussion by our CEO (who I met last night as well, and he’s awesome. Has a great Scottish accent and is extremely grounded) and feel more than ever, that this was exactly what I was meant to do…take this leap into the unknown and just go for it.
I’m scared. I’m out of my element. But I need this. I crave this.
And on a personal note, it’s helping me be comfortable being uncomfortable. This morning, I went down to the conference room and saw a bunch of people milling about. And knew nobody. Not a soul. My boss hadn’t arrived yet and neither had her boss (who I work closely with, too). I wanted to run. I wanted to go back to my room. But I stuck it out and struck up a few conversations and felt much better.
Score one for me!
At the break, I did the same. Had a great conversation with a couple of the execs and it was an easy conversation, they were welcoming and very nice. We talked weather, we admired the view, and it was, well, normal. Not as scary as I thought.
This afternoon however, was a test for me. I had to go to a couple of breakout sessions that were geared towards the sales teams on product roadmap. And I was the only non-sales person there. I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb. As if I was in the wrong room. As if I didn’t belong. I was thisclose to just leaving. But I stuck it out for the hour and a half, but realized that the next session was going to be even more technical, so I decided to skip it. So, that one was a small rock as I *did* stick it out, but I wasn’t happy about it! 😉
So what did I do with my unexpected free time?
Instead of holing up in my hotel room, I looked outside, across PCH highway at the sparking beach and decided to go for a quick run. Partially to see how I’d do (since I’ve struggled with runs lately) and because hell, it’s effing 80 degrees, sunny and warm!
So I went.
And it was glorious.
It’s weather we won’t see in Boston for another 4 months AT A MINIMUM.
The pictures say it all…and I’m thrilled to be sitting here, on my balcony, soaking it in, not a bit unhappy to be catching up on work (and blogs!) in the warm evening air.
BTW, check out the challenge my sis Jess and I are doing – I am so excited for this and think it will really make a difference!! Stay tuned!