The last time I was excited to see a package from Wisconsin was a couple of years ago when she sent me a copy of her first book for my birthday. I opened the book and was surprised to see this message inside:
Patrick! I am signing 1,000 books. Or 100,000,000,000. I don’t know. And your name comes up and I love that I know you and also I am sick of writing Good Luck with your career. I will write something else for you. Hmm… I love your spark. I hope this book encourages you to keep your spark through everything.
A day later she blogged about the long process of her signing her books where she wrote, “So unless you have talked with me in person about 20 times, I probably didn’t recognize your name as your book came up.” I’m really humbled and thankful she has remembered me despite only meeting once at a mixer where she hid in the kitchen in order to sign my book.
Penelope has always been an inspiration as I try to figure out my life, my career, and my future in social media. Through the past few years I’ve come to know many talented people with wonderful stories. I look at their success with aw and wonder if I could reach their level someday.
All I know is that I love to tell stories, geek out about stuff, and analyze things to best of my abilities. I know my passion is often the one thing people notice about me and I’m working on the other parts as well.
I know this spark will propel me to greater things down the road- I just need to get through “everything else” first.
Thanks Penelope for the encouragement.