For people like me, it's the panels that really hit home. You look upon the list of presentations, excitement filling you like it did when you were a 5 year old tearing through the pages of a Toys-r-us Christmas issue, circling with sharpie the ones that look interesting. These are the lifeblood of a good convention. You get to see people who are living a successful life doing what you want to do, and you can ask them how they became so awesome! Nothing can compare with meeting a hero of yours and hearing them tell you how simple (not easy) it all really is.
Taking that newly refreshed revelation, that super-charged feeling of inspiration, home with you after you have been totally drained of all physical and mental energy due to an awesome weekend, is one of the greatest pieces of swag you could ever nab from a convention. Transforming the advice and visual stimuli you received into a product of your own creativity, in turn discovering something that you too, can be proud to show off. You could even someday host your own panel and inspire a new handful of young minds down the road.
What I'm trying to get at here, in my five paragraphs of rambling, is that Conventions are amazing events that contribute more to the lives of its attendees than a swag bag and a weekend of alcohol poisoning. It gives all of us a difference in perspective, a little piece of mind, and most of all, a flux of inspiration to do something great. So do yourselves a favor and when convention time comes, use it to learn something new and make your own way to a more enriched life filled with fun and adventure in a world more awesome than it was before you went to that one memorable convention.
Thanks for reading folks, have a great evening.
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