Values have been on my mind lately.
"What do you value? What are your values? Why are these things/ concepts/ ideas important to you?"
As someone raised with a religious faith I admit that I cruised by on deciding my personal values; I simply took the ones given to me. Add to that the blue collar, self- sufficient attitude that had been the way of life for generations and my values were laid in front of me:
•truth & honesty
•faithfulness & loyalty
For the longest time, those were my values. And, to an extent they still are.
But more than anything I wanted to see which values truly guided the way I both perceive and interact with the world.
It's not easy. It's simultaneously living life while evaluating actions, perceptions, and decisions. It's constantly asking, "Why?"
The first value that came to mind was "Education". Anyone who knows me, knows the first day of school was (and not so secretly is) my favorite. But I realized, while I consider education important it's actually the everyday level of "Learning" that is important to me beyond that of the classrooms and text books. When I dug further into that concept I realized that while I do appreciate learning new things it's really "Curiousity" that drives me.
Curiosity is the spirit that allows me to start researching a subject and not come up for air for ten hours whichever results in having a thorough (though obviously never complete) knowledge of a subject I just became interested in. Curiosity is the reason my book shelves look as if they could belong in the library of ten different people which subject ranging across the board. Curiousity is the part of me that is always hungry and always searching and always a little discontent until those brief moments where it's appetite is sated.
It's with all that being the case that I am really excited about TedX Fayetteville. In short: TedX is a chance for the curious to "get into the headspace" of the local communities most creative, ambitious, and, you guessed it: curious people. I wrote about my experience last year and hope to link to it soon. I'm going again this year and, as a part of my annual "birthday giveaway" (I turn 30 today) I'm giving everyone a chance to win a full day ticket to the event.
Tickets go on sale to the public on March 10 & in the interest of sanity (tickets sales are crazy around here!) I've decided that I'm only going to have this giveaway open for the next three days and I will decide on the evening of the 9th so that everyone else (disappointed though you may be) may get a chance to buy your own if you do not win.
Last side note: The person who wins this ticket get the pleasure of sitting next to me. If you win and we don't know one another, I officially promise to not chat your ear off while the speakers are talking... Most of the time anyway.
To win: leave me a comment & / or shoot me a tweet telling me that you want to be entered into the giveaway. Yep- mtiple tweets will be considered multiple entries but please be respectful of your community.
So happy to make this giveaway happen and support curiosity, creativity, and community. Happy March 6th.