Monday, March 27, 2017

Somebody's Somebody

      I spent the weekend with a bunch of somebodies. Not just somebodies, but somebody's somebody. Recently I heard a TEDx talk about being somebody's somebody. Being a person of impact and influence on the life of another. It was quite an energizing and motivating talk, the words of which haven't left me. I want to be somebody's somebody.
      This past weekend was the WAR (writing and reading) for Literacy conference for teens. And what did I see? I saw a ton of teens being impacted by somebodies. Somebody who spoke on finding your voice, other somebodies who shared on screenwriting and writing fiction and speed reading and journalism and writing contests and so much more. Then there were the somebodies who registered the kids, fed them, helped out in the rooms, and the somebodies who organized the food and the volunteers and gathered the prizes, the somebody who emceed the event...well, you get my point. There were a lot of somebodies who were somebody's somebody.
      How do I know this? Because I read the survey responses from the kids. And when teens tell you something was too short and they wished the sessions were longer so they could learn more or when they tell you they want to start writing and reading more...well, you know there were somebodies who were somebody to somebody.
     I thought, seriously, that this would be my last year of involvement in this conference. But I realized after this weekend that I want to continue to surround myself with somebodies. Because these somebodies make an impact on kids. These somebodies have positive attitudes and are passionate about young people. These somebodies make a difference, not just at the conference, but Every. Single. Day. That's who I want to be around. Somebodies.
      Be somebody's somebody. It can make all the difference.

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