Damn, Jud. This is quite a post. I know that growth can be incredibly draining and difficult. It can be especially hard to learn these kinds of things about yourself. Proud to know you and be a part of this community with you. Thanks for your vulnerability and your willingness to share. We don't have enough of that in the tech arena. Too many of us keep our cards too close, hope to protect ourselves from the "big, bad world", to maintain a "competitive" advantage, by not showing that we are, after all, human. We all make mistakes, but not many of us have the balls to admit it. Hats off to you for being willing. You inspire me.
One final note:
Alex Karras - “It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more 'manhood' to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.”
Thanks for being a man.
Great job bringing our attention to the divide between yogic principles and the tech world. We often forget the importance of letting ourselves relax into where we are, not fighting against the pain, but bringing our awareness and our breath to it. Being unafraid to fall, to tip over, is something us techies are incredibly bad at. Keep reminding us, showing your example with your practice, and helping us find the the ways we can let go, even amongst the craziness of the tech world. Who knows? It might even help us build better. Bringing the yogic mind to tech... I think there's a post in there I should write... *smile*
Gwen, it has been incredible to be a part of this lecture series with you. Thanks for how you pour your heart into it, and for how much you want to help people learn and grow through it!
Love you, girl!
That's my girl. She knows how to rock a mic!
I remember that video... We were relaxing for a few in the Techstars offices, taking a few to enjoy a bit of tea. Just getting to know each other, really. It's amazing how far we have come since that day, just about a year ago. It is truly a privilege to be a part of your life, and to have you as a part of mine. I look forward to more tea pots, more dances, more (bad) games of frisbee, more drives into the mountains, more flights to boring, domestic airports and exciting, exotic foreign airports.
There will be ups and down. No question. They are past, they are here, they are coming. But isn't that life? Isn't life full of ups and downs? It's about how we approach them. Will they be harder together? Yes... and easier, too. We will get through the hard times, and enjoy the good times. Note: those won't always be different.
It's about growing. We can do that. Together. I enjoy it right now, and look forward to more of it in the future.
I love you, my darling. Thanks for being my rockstar! And my Leo. I love you. JPW
This has been so much fun to learn with you, beautiful. I'm glad that we have the opportunity to grow and get better at dancing with you. I can't wait to dance with you in PVR. Love you!
I'll third the recommendation. I went on a science fiction kick about 1.5 years or so ago, and one of the books I picked up was Daemon. Hadn't really heard much about it, but I think I found it on an amazon list of best sci-fi, or something along those lines. Daniel Suarez does an incredible job of weaving an amazing story with technological components that are not really that far-fetched. We have much of the infrastructure we need now. And the writing is superb. Go read it!
I'll be posting this soon on the as yet to be disclosed site! Can't wait to show you guys everything we did to get Gwen's (beautiful) ring built!
Gotta love my Gwendolyn Jane. She's a pretty damn good writer. So glad I'm able to share this story and life with a woman like her. She inspires and encourages me, help be up when I fall down, and generally is a rock star! I can't wait to see where she goes over the years, and am so glad I'll be able to be beside her every step of the way. I know it is going to be a wild ride. She makes every day incredible.
Can't wait for you guys to hear about the building of the ring, and the planning of our wedding! Thanks for all the comments, tweets and facebook messages! You all rock, and Gwen and I love and appreciate you all.