This is Mindy, and my guess is that I snapped this photo about 80 miles south of Newark. Before last night I’d never met Mindy, but it turns out that she was destined to kick-save one of the coolest nights of my professional life.
Last night Allison Hemming was kind enough to throw an event in New York for The Accidental Creative to celebrate its imminent launch. The plans have been in place for months, and everyone’s been working to make the party really fun for those attending. It seemed like we’d accounted for everything.
My connecting flight through Philly was canceled due to…well…who knows why they cancel flights these days. Oh, and the trains from Philly to New York were canceled because of electrical issues. Obama and Justin Bieber were both making appearances in Manhattan, so everything going into the city was gridlocked. Ben Love, our esteemed Street Team leader, posted on Facebook that I was delayed in Philly.
She responded with a quick, “I’m your girl! I’m in Philly, and I’d be more than happy to drive you!” (Mindy shares many more details about her superhero-esque effort on her blog.) Really? She would do that? Mindy and I were suddenly in a race against the clock. It was 4pm, and the event was to start in just three hours.
Long story short, I found myself on a train to Central Philly, where I met Mindy and we made the drive into Manhattan to arrive just in time for the event. Wow. A few hours earlier I was in despair, thinking of how I was going to miss something I’d been looking forward to for years. Now, I was here. Where I was supposed to be. Hope was snatched from the jaws of disappointment.
The party went so well, and I had a blast interacting with folks and sharing some insights from the book. Also at the event were many people who have helped make the book happen, most of whom I’d never met prior to the party. (It always makes me chuckle when I think of how – in this world of remote work – tons of projects this challenging happen every day without so much as one in-person encounter. Very funny.)
There are amazing people in this world. I’m reminded of how often I’ve heard people talk about the tenuous connections forged through social networks and how they can never be as “real” as personal connections. Well, I agree, except for when I don’t. Like for instance when someone is standing at the ready to rescue my evening, and to be a friend. I hope that I can do that for someone someday. In fact, I’m going to start looking for those opportunities. And when I find one, I’ll say “Mindy sent me.”