18 HUGS, 4 children, 12 adults (1 husband, 1 neighborhood friend, 10 new friends from tweetup)
Today I attended my first tweetup at The Pit (a BBQ restaurant in downtown Raleigh). I was nervous before attending because I was afraid of coming across as a naive flake when it came time to tell people about my blog. I said as much to my neighbor and her response? “That’s what I thought at first until I heard you talk about it more.” Great, thanks for the boost of confidence.
My opportunity to share my blog happened fairly seamlessly. Everyone seemed to know each other there and greeted each other with hugs. When this would happen, I would say, “my turn for a hug”. That then led to, “I blog about hugs.” This led to a few different conversations where I had an opportunity to share. Wouldn’t you know it? One of the first people I shared with has a friend continuing Juan Mann’s mission of Free Hugs! (Day 34) She instantly sent him a message and he has already been in contact with me! Amazing! I can’t wait to learn more about what he has been able to accomplish (aside from hugging 1200 people in 2 days during one festival. WOW!) So, really, what are the odds of me meeting someone at my very first tweetup (local people on Twitter meeting up) who HAPPENS to know someone that HAPPENS to be on a Free Hugs mission? Crazy, crazy universe provides yet again.
I was completely out of my element at this tweetup and I loved it. I challenged myself to meet new people and I did. I felt completely out of my league and rather than let that bother me, I embraced it. (everyone was tweeting during lunch and I didn’t even bring a phone) Regardless of how foolish people might think I was I continued to hug everyone I encountered during this luncheon. I even went so far as to seek out someone I follow on Twitter to introduce myself and guess what? I got 2 hugs out of her! Success all around!
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.