This whole intro is not just for the sake of having a longer post, I wrote it so you know why do I expect so little, and at the same time so much from Steem Fest 3 in Krakow, Poland in November.
Attending Steem Fest 2 in Lisbon was one of the best decisions - if not the best - I made in 2017 for one single reason: It was a decision that held a lot of firsts for me.
My first time:
- Going to Europe.
- Attending a Steem Meet Up - go figure, I picked Steem Fest as my first real meet up.
- Hitchhiking with an agenda and not just wherever my feet take me.
- Boarding an airplane without having a return ticket.
- Visiting a country I didn't speak the local language.
So yeah, there was a lot of firsts for me last November and I knew that whatever happened in Lisbon, I would have an incredible time with a bunch of Steemians that I call friends now.
But this time is different. Poland doesn't hold a lot of firsts for me, actually, maybe none - I'm still waiting to know if there'll be one or two firsts for me this time.
Knowing what to expect from a city, from an event, from an experience or from people, makes us rise our bar and to demand at least the same we got last time while hoping to actually get more. An enhanced experience, a better event, a more exciting city.
Having high expectations most of the time leads to disappointment, so I rather not have them, even if Roeland went over the top last year and gave us an amazing experience in Lisbon.
You see, I don't expect something better or something worse than last year. I know it will be amazing but I also know it will be different. To expect something from Steem Fest 3 when it's not my first time attending one would be a mistake because the coin, the front ends, the Steemians attending, the market, the cities and myself, we are all different than what and who we were in November 2017.
I'm not expecting anything from Krakow, and at the same time I'm expecting everything.
I have no expectations, but I'm hoping I will be blown away like last year.
Blown away by the locals.
Blown away by the venues.
Blown away by the conferences we'll attend.
Blown away by the food we'll share and the drinks we'll have.
Blown away by the all the Steemians I want to meet.
Blown away by the old friends I'll met once more.
Blown away by the stories you have to tell me.
Blown away by you.