One of the many bright spots of being a speaker and being on the road is that I get to meet so many people. In the last year I have encountered so many people who have become good friends.
Sometimes these friends, out of nowhere, get me something. I confess, I love gifts. I love giving them, I love receiving them, even if it’s just something out of a quarter machine. That somebody thought about me just makes my week.
At the AHA national conference, I waited at the airport for a couple hours after arriving because Annie Callicotte, the leader of the Secular Student Alliance at Central Missouri, had never traveled in a city before and was a little nervous. In return, she got me this book.
I used to have long hair, and I would wear bandannas to keep the hair out of my face. That tradition carried on even after I cut my hair. On most days I’m wearing one – I almost feel naked if I don’t. It’s also on account of being an original gangsta. 😛 I also do magic tricks with bandanas.
This book even came with an extra bandana for me to wear! It is now my workout bandana.
Before that, I received a visit from Kay Abshire, whom I met while speaking at the SSA Annual Conference in 2010 (I’m organizing the 2011 Annual Conference – you want to be there!). Like me, she has battled mental illness and has learned to manage it. Her advice and support was vital to me overcoming mine.
I am one of the most fortunate heathens on Earth to know so many kind people. Some days it’s just overpowering how lucky I have been.
WWJTD? I’d be incredibly flattered and touched.