I've spent most of my life trying to be something to someone.
An indispensable employee.
A creative educator.
An inspiring mentor.
A reliable friend.
An exceptional father.
A devoted husband.
Every time. Trying to be something to someone.
I realized this today as I walked back to my hotel following the closing keynote of the ISTE conference in San Diego.
- Meet someone new each day.
- Leave your hotel room.
- Venture into the unknown.
- Put yourself out there.
This year's ISTE was profoundly memorable to me because I found the courage to put myself out there. With clenched teeth and eyes averted downward, I thrusted my hand out to shake and say, "Hi, I'm Matthew" more than I care to recall. But all was not lost.
I made two friends whom I won't soon forget.
I want you to meet them, too, because I have a feeling their names will come up in many future blogposts. Therefore, meet Ryan and Cheryl.
We met right away. Connected right away. And were inseparable right away.
And suddenly, there at ISTE, I was something to someone.
...and I'm pretty sure that's the best way to experience a conference, ISTE or otherwise.
As for Ryan and Cheryl, there will be great things in our future. Things that will expand the horizons of what we previously thought of as motivating and engaging to our students. Things that will bring our school (Tacoma, WA and Columbia, MD) closer together. Things we'll want to share with all of you.
...but first let's get over the jet lag.