In 4th grade Mrs. Rogers of J.R. Briggs Elementary School gave me detention nearly every day. During Parent/Teacher Conferences she broke the news to my parents that unlike my disciplined older sister I was a conundrum. I was an honor student that never saw the playground because I was also a… (drum roll please) a social butterfly! Undeterred by this label my parents accepted the fact that their precious little honor student was a detention a day receiving extroverted, talkative, inquisitive social butterfly.
Normally my 9 year old self would reject the notion of being classified as anything but I liked the way social butterfly sounded and reasoned to myself that someone who could float effortlessly amid the clicks of school befriending everyone I met and learning as much about them as they were willing to let me extrapolate from them was a good thing. I adopted this outlook immediately and am proud to say I have floated through life talking to as many people as possible!
Communication has changed since I was stuck in the teachers’ lounge during recess and I have embraced the change… at times reluctantly but always with an open mind for exploration. My professional career has taken me from teaching undergrads to creating events for Harley-Davidson weekend warriors, to organizing communities to help babies in need, to working with a variety of companies with their internet and social media marketing strategies.
Whatever the instance and whatever the medium it is our ability to adapt to the conversation and work within the community to enact change. As I continue on my journey of “social butterflydom” I hope to cross your path personally or professionally. Friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, connect to me on LinkedIn, or drop me a note on one of my blog posts!