This past week I took two major steps towards my legendary quest. This post is about meeting other people who are on their own legendary quests.
Despite all my introverted and anxiety-riddled thoughts, I attended two meetups using Meetup.com. The first one was about Unity, the game engine. I didn’t know what to expect and it was in a slightly scary part of the city so I took my partner along with me. When we arrived at the place we were going to have this meeting, I was shocked. There were so many people! I honestly didn’t expect that many people to be there. Scary~ Unfortunately, I caved to my anxiety and just stuck to my partner’s side. Everyone seemed to congregate to their little groups that they either came with or knew. Kinda wish they had a small meet-and-greet activity (there was time for it too) before we had the presentation. Maybe this was the reason for the free pizza and drinks. Pity I had had dinner before this (though I don’t regret what I ate – chicken, bacon, garlic, chili with a tomato base on linguine. Even typing this combination out is making my mouth water).
So the presentation, which was the purpose of the meetup, was about Unity and the journey of the presenter using it. Even though I haven’t used Unity before, I still understood what he was talking about. It turned out to be really informative, and he even provided a link to his presentation for future reference for us.
The second meetup I attended, by myself this time, was a small game developer/CG artist group. And when I mean small, it was three people versus about 50 for the Unity meetup. I liked this situation much better and I came out of my shell a lot more. We discussed games and what we were developing. It was only the second meetup for this particular group so it wasn’t as structured as the Unity one. It could definitely use it though. It needed direction. And the three others that were there didn’t really bring anything to show. I commented that next time we should bring our projects and show each other what we’re doing and maybe even keep each other motivated (though it may be asking a bit much for these fellas).
But because of these two meetups, I now am not only watching my own legendary quest unfold in front of me as I walk towards it, I’m also watching others too. And that gives me a lot of motivation.