Tomorrow I begin my first trip of the month to Skillcon in Las Vegas.
It's quite funny to me to see myself going on these big trips on my own and doing things that are new to me. I remember when I was between the ages of 12-14, new experiences absolutely terrified me. Road trips to cubing competitions used to be absolutely MISERABLE for me. I used to get super sick in the car because of how anxious I would get thinking about this new thing I was going to have to deal with. It was really a terrible cycle for those first couple of years of traveling. Had you asked me back then if I would take a job out of state producing a video on my own about a huge event, I would have told you that you were insane and I would never do it. But here I am doing exactly that. Quite crazy to think how I've changed in that regard. And the only way that happened was by putting myself in situations I wasn't comfortable being in. I think far too often people refuse to put themselves in situations they aren't comfortable with. Which, I mean, is pretty obvious. Who wants to feel uncomfortable? It's not fun at all. But, at the same time I think the best changes in my life have all come from doing things I really wasn't comfortable doing. And really, I bet many of you never would have thought I was like that with what my current personality is like.
I used to dread meeting new people, absolutely hated it. Cubing forced me to get over this and learn how to deal with it. After becoming comfortable with it, I got to meet tons of amazing people around the globe and travel to meet them. Tons of cool experiences have come from getting over the fear of meeting people. And had I not gotten over it, my current job would be pretty difficult to do. And to be honest, I probably wouldn't even be doing it.
Anyways, more on this Skillcon trip. I'm really quite excited for it. I'll get to see some friends I rarely ever get to see, compete, and produce a video about some INSANE skills. One of them being Sepak Takraw if you've never seen this before, do yourself a favor and watch that. It's pretty insane. That's just one of the many skills that will be at Skillcon. Other things include: YoYo, combat juggling, fencing, and more.
I am attending Skillcon mostly to produce a video showing the whole event off. So my focus on the speedcubing competition will probably be lacking and I'm really not expecting to do very well. But that's just how it goes. I can't focus on my job and compete at a high level at the same time. One of them has to suffer for the other to be great. But that's okay, we all know Rowe Hessler needs all the handicaps he can get to beat me. ;) (Love you, Rowe)