This in itself is not all that unique. This is my third trip to Chicago this year. However, this is a leadership meeting which means I get to network more, I'm expected to know more, and the some of the people we hear from are more interesting...not that the people we normally hear from are anything less than fascinating, but it's a new face is all....ahem.
Today, as I walked with a director through the pre-drizzle shroud of fog, she said one of her agents would be addressing us. On the outside, I was like, "Oh, wow, that's great," complete with complimentary inflection. On the inside, I was like, "Well, that should break up the day some, and be a little interactive."
Then she said he's a gold medalist from the 2002 Olympics in speed skating. On the outside, I was like, "Wow, really? That's so great, I'm looking forward to it." On the inside, I was like, "Wow, really? That's so great, I'm looking forward to it."
Sure enough, Casey FitzRandolph shared his story of incredible dedication through times of promise and even times of unfair and unforeseeable trial that got him to the gold in Utah. It was cool to hear from a world class athlete what that kind of dedication looks like from the inside. It made me want to go win something.
If that weren't enough, he did bring the gold. I've never seen a gold medal in person, and it was awesome. I wanted to touch it, but I didn't have the nerve, so I settled for craning my neck to read the inscription. Here, so you can experience it vicariously.
If Casey hadn't come, the meeting would still have been a chance to connect with old friends, network with colleagues, and learn a little more about how my day job works. But, it's always nice when, out of the blue, you get a once in a lifetime (or at least once in a long time) moment.
Definitely, best meeting ever.