Connecting the Dots
For the past few years, Kelly and I have been assembling a roster of blog sites we find interesting. We each have some unique to our personal interests (for me – triathlon, cycling, Chicago Bears football, travel, and camping & hiking – just to name a few).
However, we also share some common blogs – mainly those published by individuals we find interesting due to their approach to life. Generally, these are people pursuing a path atypical to the “average” 30 or 40 year old. Its seems to us that when asked what they want to do or be when they “grow-up”, the answer is focused squarely on being happy. Seemingly, these are people that define themselves by who they are, not what they do.
I like that.
For us, these bloggers are more than interesting, they are an inspiration, validation that there is nothing wrong with eschewing the assembly-line approach to life that many of us are commonly led to believe as being the the mature and responsible path. For some, buying a house in the suburbs and settling into a nice community while amassing loads of stuff fits them and offers great fulfillment.
I’ve been there, I once held similar beliefs … but no longer. For Kelly and me that approach feels more like the uncomfortable beginnings of a pending blister caused by ill-fitting shoes.
Over the past year or so, Kelly and I have begun communicating with many of the blog authors we appreciate. I like to think of this activity as virtual community-making. In fact, we’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of these bloggers, which has been great. There are awesome people out there, individuals such as Brian & Leigh, Kevin & Laura, & Glenn (and soon we’ll be meeting Tiffany & Deke). All of these bloggers have been hugely helpful to Kelly and me. The common denominator to our introduction to all has been the internet.
Last night, Kelly and I had the opportunity meet another blogging couple – Tim and Amanda Watson who full-time in their Airstream. They were passing through Half Moon Bay this week and graciously invited us to their campsite. Over the period of a couple hours, we enjoyed drinks and appetizers and of course, great conversation.
Once again, virtual became real.
Like others we’ve met, Tim and Amanda are more than bloggers – they are real people with real lives and have chosen a real lifestyle Kelly and I admire. It was great to spend time with them.
Slowly, Kelly and I hope to continue converting virtual relationships into something that increasingly becomes tangible; more encounters wherein the virtual becomes the real. Our hope is that over time, these brief meet-ups morph into real friendships, all courtesy of the Internet.
I really think that would be something nice.