Fargo, North Dakota. Where the vast prairie starts and you can see the curve of the earth on the horizon. Not the place you might think of for a band of merry misfits to meet and talk about changing the world. But here I am at Misfit Conf with AJ Leon and 40 other misfits.
AJ’s story feels familiar. He left a job as a remarkably average financial executive to lead a remarkable life being a writer, a nomad, and doing work that matters.
I write, I nomad when I can and I’d rather be using my talents and skills doing work that matters – to me and the planet – than working in a remarkably average cube. When I connected with AJ, even my molecules said yes, here is a kindred soul.
Only 30 people were invited by AJ and Melissa Leon to this conference. We each wrote a short essay about why we want to be part of this event. I wrote about freedom. I have the freedom to live a remarkable life with every choice I make. Freedom starts with knowing who I am. Freedom is choosing to venture into creative, new, vast spaces that often feel uncomfortable. For awhile. Then you grow.
Looking out at the horizon, these Plains are so vast, the land feels like an ocean. Kathleen Norris says,
The Plains are not forgiving. Anything that is shallow—the easy optimism of a homesteader; the false hope that denies geography, climate, history; the tree whose roots don’t reach ground water—will dry up and blow away.
Being in Fargo, where the plains begin, under this immense sky, is the perfect place for a band of merry misfits to venture deeply into creative ways we can change our world for the better.