|There are so many paths of new doctor who references I could follow from here, but I'm not going to follow any of them! Admire my restraint!|
Stepping away from our daily duties to think big thoughts about what we do, to see what other people are up to, to meet and talk to people who are both as tired of the day to day and excited about the possibilities that exist, to drink new and exciting beers in new and exciting towns. Yes, my friends, I'm talking about going to a conference. While it is possible for a conference to be hard work, I also find them extraordinarily rejuvenating.
I just got back from my conference, the Charleston Conference, and I have a TON of new ideas, and a TON of leads to follow up from vendors, and a TON to share with y'all and maybe even a new research project or two. And I'm excited about it all. Again. It happens every year.
The level of interaction with other people can be overwhelming, and the lack of sleep can wear, but I suspend all rules at conferences because the returns on fully engaging are so high. If I wish one thing professionally, it would be a way to get a real conference experience to folks who don't have the means to regularly get to regional or national conferences.
Here's a bonus song about feeling alone and how that's true and not true.