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Outtake: New York, New Thoughts, Old Friends

I’ve always been in love with quotations. Words have so much impact on the way we feel and the way we connect with the world around us. I will occasionally browse through r/quotes or r/quoteporn or visit brainyquote and lose 30-45 minutes of my day. One that I came across the other day that really resonated with me and summarized my esports experience this far was:

“Never regret anything, at one point it was exactly what you wanted.”

The only time I’ve ever regretted anything on a trip was not doing it.

I was in New York this past weekend for ESL One and it’s just latest in a string of amazing trips I’ve been able to make thanks to the Slingshot crew. My sixth or seventh major event of the year breaks my new year’s resolution of making it to more than six events this year. While they weren’t spread out as evenly as I might have liked, it surpasses my goal nonetheless. The best part about any event is the chance to meet new people and network with everyone who loves their job as much as you do. This event was one of the most arduous I’ve ever attended, not because of workload, because it lasted so long. On Saturday we were at the event for just over 12 hours and on Sunday that number jumped to 15. I commend the rest of you that stuck it out until the end of the night as well. Unfortunately that left little time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Over the last several weeks I’ve found myself coasting in anticipation of this event, no more. I intentionally left myself a blank canvas at home so that when I return I can hopefully redevelop a routine and some habits that pushed me to succeeded earlier this year. There wasn’t anything meant to be crazy or inspirational about this post I just wanted to put down some thoughts about the weekend.

It was long.
I wish I could live in New York.
I love my job.
Be genuine.
I’m getting over my fear of missing out.


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