It’s already been a cold, cold winter here in New England. My poor little car starts very begrudgingly, and I know it’s only a matter of time before I find it completely stalled out on a frigid morning. And I’ve been feeling exactly the same way. I haven’t blogged much lately because my ideas for topics feel buried under sheets of ice in my brain. My DOC interactions had silently run out of gas and I felt as if my headlights were dimming and faintly flickering out.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Forum this time around, but almost immediately I could feel myself coming back to life. I think being in a room full of peers who passionately work for a cause close to your heart will do that. But there was something more . . . . a feeling that, for the first time I can remember, we were all coming together - my peers in the DOC and the executives and representative at Medtronic - to not only brainstorm but to take actual real steps to set important things in motion. Instead of talking about what we could do, we were actually starting to do it.
These people were my jumper cables.
Photo courtesy of the Medtronic Diabetes twitter feed.
For more about the nuts and bolts of the conference, please read the posts I linked in the first paragraph and read through #MedtronicDAF to find other posts I may have missed. But personally, this Forum restarted my engine after it had sputtered to a halt. I tweeted Monday morning that I hadn’t woken feeling so inspired and capable in a very long time. I now recognize how often I talk myself out of trying things or exploring ideas (or more specifically, applying for conference scholarships) because I convince myself I will fail so why waste my time trying. I realize now that we all need to try - and if we “fail” it’s okay because we haven’t really failed. The only way we fail is by never even trying.
The Medtronic Diabetes Advocates Forum was in invitational event, during which my travel, lodging and meals were covered. In addition, as always, my current Medtronic disclosure can be found here.