I did something new last night.
I gave in to my part-geek, part-creative personality by attending a WordPress Adelaide meet up. For the benefit of those who may be lost already, WordPress is free software used to build websites. As at today, there are 67,061,573 WordPress sites worldwide.
So I say yay! Go WordPress!
I loved the meet. Loved the topic. Loved the relaxed atmosphere. Loved discovering that I was not batting above my average in daring to show my face amongst potentially very clever software developers and fellow WordPress admirers.
The most interesting part (for me) did not take place during the evening itself. What caught my attention most was the mini-drama playing in my head during the lead up. I don’t know about you, but I have seriously loud mental chatter, and it was going a little like this…
What… you’re going to go somewhere you’ve never been before, to meet a bunch of new people… by yourself?
And try talk about a topic… you know nothing about?
Who Sue, are you going to talk to when you rock up and don’t know anyone? Who are you going to turn to in order to kill awkward silence?
Sue, tell me, what exactly will your security blanket be tonight?
In answer to my mental chatter, I said…
Oi, Sue. Listen up. Before you were married you did this shit all the time. You were the queen of meeting new people and fitting in anywhere, anytime, with any topic. What’s different now? A ring on your finger? Since when is a husband a security blanket? Wait no longer to pursue what interests you! Go. Forth. And. WordPress. With other WordPress lovers, even if they are a LOT more knowledgeable than you (which they weren’t 🙂 )
And so I did. And it was the best thing this geek has done in ages.