Posted by Deneb on December 28, 2005, at 0:02:26
In reply to Hey, Deneb, posted by 10derHeart on December 27, 2005, at 20:56:54
> I'm sure you already know this, but just in case you've forgotten...there's no reason you can't meet Dr. Bob and other Babblers in Toronto *without* participating in the small groups, etc.
Yeah, I know. :-)
I also want to do the small groups thing because it is something exciting I've never done before. I want to experience new things, even scary things. Scary can be fun. :-) I'm glad I'm motivated to do this, even if most of my motivation comes from wanting to meet/please Dr. Bob.
> Just come to whatever social events end up being planned, hang out and so forth, right? etc.
I want to do that too! :-)
> Because I hate to think you're envisioning forcing yourself to do something you're not ready for, or aren't even inclined to do at all, because you're seeing it as sort of the "price you have to pay," and the ONLY way to meet Dr. Bob.
I don't see it as a "price I have to pay". I see it as an exciting opportunity to do a new thing. I'm sort of glad that I'm being "forced" to do something I wouldn't otherwise.
> (Unlike me, who sees the presentation/groups, talking with pdocs as a fascinating, unique opportunity....and with the way I won't 'shut-up' once a favorite topic like Babble comes up, well...then the pdocs are the ones who'd better be worried...;-) )
:-) Wow, I can't wait to hear your story!
> I want you to have fun and come away with an exhilarating, memorable experience (as you often write about not feeling very grown-up, social anxiety, not doing lots of 'adult stuff' on your own, etc.) - including not having unnecessary anxiety over the next five months!
I think it is good anxiety. Makes me feel alive. :-) I think I like worrying about it.
> Nothing is set in stone. I'm sure it would be fine if you (or others) intend to participate, then change your mind once there. This is not a life-or-death sort of commitment, ya' know? :-)
That's good to know just in case I'm really terrified when I get there and can't talk.
> I'm excited for you - and everyone else - and me if my $$ situation allows me to go. I'll be happy to sit by you for moral support, or any other kind of support. And, just in the off chance something triggers them, I have zero problem with tears - cryng is an every day thing for me (not meaning that in a bad way, either) and I'm quite comfortable with my tears and anyone else's.
I really hope you'll get to go! I'm sure I'm be less afraid with you around!