I’m a long-time collector of quotes. This is one of my favorites.
When I got home from Alt Summit in January, I expected to feel elated and strong and unconquerable. I’d been looking forward to going for so long, and had worked really hard to get there. I met amazing people and learned amazing things. But, much to my surprise and consternation, I came home feeling completely deflated and inexplicably sad. I don’t exactly know why; maybe it was having to bring my A-game for 4 days straight, maybe it was not having my support system there to buoy me up and tell me I’m good at what I do, maybe it was simply exhaustion after months of late nights. But I honestly felt like I didn’t know why I was blogging anymore and kind of wanted to just re-evaluate the whole thing. Which is totally crazy because I accomplished a lot while I was there and achieved goals I’d set, etc, etc. Anyway, I was chatting on the phone a few days later with my oh-so-wise brother, and he sent me the link to this video of Conan O’Brien’s farewell monologue from the Tonight Show a few years ago. And I watched it and cried and felt understood. And I decided not to give up, now or ever.