The other day I was doing my daily routine reading of all my favorite bloggers when I came across The Hundred Event. It is a blogger convention being held in Dallas (hooray) and on my birthday (double hooray) and it just so happens that 2 of the hosts are my all time favorite bloggers (triple hooray!). I mean really, could this be more perfect? I swear I shed tears.
Before I had even finished reading all of the details I was already planning out my outfits and business cards in my head. My body was just filled with excitement as I registered for the event (I am telling you I was probably the first to register). But I have to admit as soon as I hit the register button I panicked.
I later told my mom that right after I registered was like a movie scene...picture this: I had just climbed in to the shower, there I am standing underneath the water with my hands covering my face like Macaulay Culkin on the cover of Home Alone. My mind started racing. What am I going to say to these people? This means I have to make friends at the convention. What if they just stare at me wondering why a person as young as I am was at their convention? In the words of the Bluthe's, I had made a huge mistake.*
Just as I had begun devising a plan to get out of going, I realized this needed to happen. I needed to get out of my comfort zone and honestly this is a perfect way to do it. Even though I know come August 8th I will have a pit in my stomach and may be on the verge of a panic attack, this will be worth it.
Though I will most likely feel uncomfortable and awkward at first, this convention is a once in a lifetime opportunity and an adventure I will never forget.
I encourage you to go out and do something that scares you today.
*After I wrote this sentence I spent 10 minutes watching Arrested Development best quotes on Youtube... guilty as charged.