This will be my first time to attend Educon and as I sit here in the Orlando airport with some time to really ponder what's about to go down, I am excited and nervous all at the same time. It's like...well, going to my first Educon! I'm excited about all that I am going to learn as well as the potential for some transformative, engaging conversations that I hope to involve myself in. But then again, I am nervous about those conversations as well. You see, for me, lots of the folks attending Educon are those that I have put up on a pedestal and in my geeky world of education stuff, lots of these folks are almost like celebrities to me. No, they don't make money like Brad Pitt and aren't household names (at least not to 99.9% of the other people I know), but they are the people leading the conversations within education that matter to me. I see them as brave people blazing new trails daily with a sense of purpose and confidence that is very admirable. They talk about the things I am passionate about and challenge those notions that I sometimes don't fully understand or want to change within myself. They are the people that help me grow as a professional educator, the people I look to when I need to find direction and keep moving forward. So to be sharing the same room with them or even the same building is a bit intimidating and to think that I could actually find myself tossing around ideas and challenges with them, well that's just plain nerve-racking. I know it's just me and I know (or at least hope) that they don't see themselves that way. And from what others who have been to educon say about the awesome conversations, I am sure all are very approachable. But I still have that hurdle to get over, that self-induced feeling of intimidation. I guess we will see how it goes. I am sure it will be an awesome experience and regardless of my feelings, I am ready to jump in with both feet... shaky as they may be! And if my one encounter with a REAL celebrity (Lance Armstrong...I am a competitive cyclist, so he's a pretty big deal to me) proves to be true, I will quickly realize that we are all pretty much the same. As Frederick Buechner said in a round-about way, we are people seeking to find and make a difference in that place where our passion meets the world's great needs.