I did it. I met one of my heroes.
I went to a conference on a topic I know only the vaguest of things about, and I snuck in to hear the keynote speaker.
I know. It sounds bad. But aren’t we known for spontaneous behavior?
Besides, the conference was one my partner was attending, it was an optometry conference, she’s an optometrist.
I see …
And, if I’m being honest, while I did decide to go to this keynote address no matter what roadblocks got in my way, my partner did rather pave the way and make it easy for me to sneak in by asking in advance if it would be all right for me to attend that part of the conference.
And while that took a bit of the spontaneity out of the whole thing, I solved that by stealing lunch while I was there.
Why did I go through all of that? Why did I get someone to ask if I could attend? Why did I steal lunch?
Well, that last question has nothing to do with this post, I stole lunch because I was hungry, though it did help me blend in so that I could pretend that I was sneaking in to listen to the keynote address.
And the keynote speaker was …
Ah, well, that’s the best part. The keynote speaker was none other than Rick Green of Totally ADD fame.
And while we are Facebook friends and we live in the same province in Canada, we’ve never actually met before.
InΒ fact, to tell the truth, until a couple of weeks ago we had never even chatted online, but since it was my intention to sneak in and see him at this conference I felt it only fair to warn him that the distraction in the back of the room would most likely be security throwing me out and he could just choose to ignore that, or, if he was inclined he could tell them it was alright and to let me stay.
I didn’t really
I didn’t tell him those things, I didn’t want to presume pressure on our potential friendship, I just told him I was going to be at the conference.
And he told me … to come up and say hi when he was done speaking.
Have you ever?
Have you ever seen two people with ADHD meeting for the first time? Can you imagine us just saying “Hi.”
“Ha!” That’s all I have to say about that.
We talked about stuff. Mostly ADHD stuff. We laughed, as people with ADHD do, about all the things we understand that others do not get so readily. He was aware that I write this blog, Well, he was by the time we were ready to part ways.
He asked me!
“Are you going to write about this? About us meeting? About the conference?” Rick asked.
“Oh yeah!” I replied. “You know I am. It’s not every day you get to meet your hero.”
“Say something slanderous about me, won’t you?” He said, with a twinkle in his eye.
I’ve never met such a rude and insulting man in all my life. And cheap, soooo cheap.
But you know, he has a way about him, a presence, a certain je ne sais quoi that helps him carry it off.
We parted company on good terms, he signed the copy of ADD And Loving It that I stole, and we laughed a lot.
Rick Green is one of the good ones. At some point next week, I’ll enlighten you all on what a self educated ADHD expert had to tell a room full of optometrists.