I met him two years ago and couldn’t remember his name until he started talking. It was is if my soul had floated from my body, become a person and spoke more eloquently in forms of art and community. And then I stalked him mostly because I was encouraged to find somebody who was doing things I wanted to do and work with them. Talk. Whatever, get in their space.
He worked in the south side of Chicago, an enigma to me. It had a reputation- I had been a downtown girl. But he reawakened a deep passion I had for this city. I was shaking when I introduced myself to him.
I eventually went to see his artwork. And sat at his kitchen table where I drank water from a small bowl. he told me space was important to him. And that’s what he was creating; an artist of space and experience- a place for people to be. To interact. With no agenda. Because if you create the right space, the space creates the agenda.
He is still inspiring and now he has a TED talk. However we seem to misconnect and I still get insanely nervous in his presence. Someday we will have a proper drink or dinner and conversation. But it isn’t now. I’m not ready.
But I met a creative cohort of his. by stalking him, I found Erika through her Instagram account, who is equally inspiring, innovative and believes the best conversations are around beautiful food. And it’s the place ideas grow and are realized.
I’ve emailed a handful of people to meet with me and she was the first who said, yes! And two hours passed quickly as we realized we were kindred spirits. It was refreshing to know there are exciting people who are doing exciting things. And are looking for collaborators. And the list goes on.
I’m not sure what the next chapter will bring but I expect more people like Erika to be around me. I expect to see big ideas through. I expect to challenge and be challenged.
I expect a lot of good food.