I have so much I want to say about OpenCon.
I wondered when I was getting on the plane, if it was going to be like going to see that movie everyone you know has raved about. If I was bound to be disappointed.
In this case, OpenCon was everything I was told it would be. Everything I expected. And more.
What made it so awesome? Well, I think I’ve narrowed it down to three things...
Where do I start? I feel like my heart and head are exploding. I literally feel so "open", almost to the point of vulnerability.
And so, I am starting with the personal. Not because it is "easier", but because I need to get it out.
I was so overwhelmed with gratitude to be selected to travel to OpenCon this year (Thank you University of Guelph Library!). It was shortly after the news set in, that I started to panic. I have never been away from my kids for so long, or so far away. I questioned my "worth" to be extended such an opportunity. I worried that my plane would crash in a fiery inferno. All of the feelings, all of the worries.
All of which slipped away upon touching down in Berlin. I am a fairly seasoned traveller at this point in my life. I quickly remembered how much I love travelling alone within the first few hours of wandering the dimly lit streets. I am literally so much more "open" when I do. There is not the same opportunity for insularity. And so I smelled all of the smells, Saw all of the sights. Listened to all of the sounds. Felt all of the feels. I was also reminded that I am so much more than a worker, a student, a mother, a partner. I am me. And for this, I am most thankful.