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.
Thanks for the mention Dave!! Glad you had a good time with Amanda & Tim. This reminds me, I need to write back to you in email!
Great post! It was so nice to spend time with you and Kelly. It sounds funny because we just met, but I think Tim and I both felt more of a connection with you two than with many of our friends we have known for years who are living the conventional life. We very much look forward to meeting up with you again in the future.