I departed towards my destination, anyway, knowing completely well that I might have blown this opportunity.
It was Saturday, the day after I had walked the streets to get some general thoughts and interest about an idea I had about starting a historical bicycle tour of my city. My next idea was to ask the county historical society if they thought it was a good idea.
I already had met some of the people in the organization about a month ago when I came across the old house, where their headquarters is, on a bike ride. I met a few people and told them I would love to volunteer and be a part of their organization.
Having a relationship with the Librarian already, I had been emailing her back and forth during the week about some volunteering opportunities. So, I already had scheduled to meet her that day before telling them about the idea. Well, when you poorly manage your time, sometimes, you’re just going to be late. I’m not someone to be late either, so I wasn’t very happy to say the least, but I thought, I might catch them as they’re on their way out. I had another option too, of waiting until next week and then make up a lame excuse why I didn’t show up, but I decided to go “with the latter” and hopefully catch them as they were leaving. I left on my bike knowing full well that I may have blown this opportunity.
When I pulled into the driveway of the headquarters to the historical society(A house that was built in the early 1700’s), to my prediction, they were just getting into their vehicles and heading out for the day. They were closing the doors of their cars and starting their engines when I pulled around the corner.. I put it in another gear to catch up with them before they pulled away and while I was waving my hands hoping they would see me before they departed, Thankfully, one of them did. The one who I was emailing, saw me and quickly made a joke about me being late saying, “You’re a little late!” As a smile came across her face she nonverbally showed she was just playing around. Although, at the same time she was giving me a gesture that I should come a little earlier next time. I laughed a little and apologized for my tardiness.
We ended up having a wonderful conversation that turned into 15-20 minutes. She told me she wanting me to do some web development and promotional work, which I thought was a perfect idea. After we got that out of the way, I told her about my idea.
After I explained the idea to her. She liked it and then invited me to the board meeting the next day at the house.
The next day(Sunday) I went to the board meeting and took an “observance role” in the meeting, not expecting to present my idea. Since it was my first meeting I wasn’t expecting much to happen. That was, until halfway in, I was brought to the floor to present my idea. I didn’t know how they would take it, but I gave my pitch and… they supported the idea and said, “Let’s start planning and getting some things on paper to launch this Fall.” I was thrilled!
Now, I have a lot of prep work and probably a few more discussions and “idea generation” to bring this idea to complete fruition, but I got the support I needed to move to the next step of the process.
Reviewing the weekend, I realized, when you have the right intentions, if you go out there and “just do it” good things will happen.
“I guess I’m just one of those people who, when I decide I’m going to do something, I just do it.” -Anonymous