The Excitement of Possibility

The amazing thing about the internet is that you never know when and how you’re going to get inspired—and what voice will emerge and speak to you.

This is a story that you have to read.  It’s from a girl looking back, through her Gmail archives, at a relationship with a love she lost to cancer.  I wanted to know who it was that wrote this and so I poked around, finding her blog.  She recently wrote this post:

“Today is the anniversary of the day I met Clark. I’m honoring the day not by acknowledging it as a reminder of how curious, hopeful and confident I was walking home from the bar after giving him my phone number, but by recognizing that lately I am feeling, for the first time since he died, the very same way. The excitement of possibility has slowly come back. I’m mourning my sadness a little bit, but I don’t feel guilty that it has diminished. I’m doing right by him to enjoy my life and to appreciate when things are good.”

It’s a beautiful story, but I can’t help but focus on that one phrase—the excitement of possibility—and think of how it relates to what we all do everyday.  It’s what hopefully makes our jobs worth getting up for, staying late for, and what gets us motivated to connect with interesting people doing interesting things.  It’s what makes things at a startup different than working at a big, mature company.  It’s in the air…  The excitement of possibility.

I’m working on an investment right now in a company that could change the world.  Don’t get me wrong.  Right now it’s your typical two dudes and some code—a far cry from world changing at the moment…  but…   One could imagine a world that it makes an impact in—where people login, get motivated to learn, motivate others, and have new possibilities opened to them.  It’s this excitement of possibility that makes what we do exciting.  It’s what makes each Tungled calendar appointment with an entrepreneur something to look forward to.  The road is long and it is fueled by what could possibly, no matter how unlikely, happen.