Happy New Year to all you ColdFusion fans out there. I was just sitting here, thinking about the upcoming excitement of 2008 and it got me thinking about the CFUNITED conference. Last year's CFUNITED conference was a huge milestone in my life. Not only was it my first ColdFusion conference, it was really my first conference of any kind. But, more than just a conference, CFUNITED really marks a turning point in my life; it was the beginning of a journey of personal discovery and self improvement. It wholly embodies my desire to overcome social phobias and to really thrust myself outside of my own comfort zone.
As such, CFUNITED was very good experience for me from both personal and community based view points. In 2008, I hope to continue this tradition, and I want you all to be part of it. CFUNITED feels like it's far away, and it is, but the tickets have been on sale for a while. In fact, the Early Bird special ends in just a few days! I know, when it comes to making big decisions like this, at least for me, there is a tremendous amount of anxiety. Logically, I know there shouldn't be - it seems like the fear of just pulling that trigger is 10 times greater than the fear of consequences. I have had a number of HUGE decisions to make lately, and I am finding that consistently, contemplating the decisions was much more terrifying than actually dealing with the aftermath.
OK, maybe I am being a bit dramatic about it; but, I just want to sympathize with people who might be planning out their year and feeling very hesitant about doing things like attending CFUNITED. My biggest resolution of 2008 is simply to make this "The Year of Ben". I want this to be the year where everything that I do has a positive impact on my life - where every decision that I make, even when scary, is about personal improvement. Last year, that mentality started with CFUNITED.
I'm not sure where I'm going with this exactly. Right now, I'm operating on 80% emotion and 20% caffeine and I'm just excited to be starting fresh in 2008. I was told this morning that the CFUNITED early bird special was ending on January 5th, and I guess it just struck a chord with me. After the time I had last year, I just wanted to give a shout out for it and say that if you are unsure as to whether or not you want to go, just pull that trigger. Take advantage of the lower prices and decide that right now, you are gonna start off the new year proactively by planning to do something that is fun and beneficial.
Anyway, just my little inspiration speech for the new year. Happy 2008 to everyone!