Many of you amazing people over the last six months have thanked me for building Scene75. Your e-mails, facebook comments, anecdotes, and in person gratitude mean more to me than many of you may ever know. It is truly touching. Thank you!
But as I reflected last night, I realized that I have a confession to make. Scene75 saved me. Truly. And for that, I genuinely thank you.
You see, three years ago I was in a relationship that nearly changed the entire direction of my life. I was in love with a woman, a woman who lived thousands of miles away. Yet my dedication to Putters Par-adise (Englewood), the Chaos Room (Centerville), and Scene75, motivated by my lone desire of helping my family and building something for a community, ended up pushing her away. When I finally realized that I was on the brink of losing her forever, I came within one failed ‘romantically strategic maneuver’ of packing up my belongings, burying my half developed vision of what is now Scene75, and tossing away several of my own goals in an attempt to be with her. Some may call it a moment of weakness. Perhaps. Others may call it a moment of strength. Perhaps. And still some may call it a moment of foolishness. Likely. But what I realize now that I had no way of understanding then is that there were reasons for all of this, including her going her separate way.
Without Scene75, I likely never would have explored the depth of my own abilities, understood the true power of a community, identified some of my life’s inner passions, met several of the most amazing people I have ever met, tested my own ability to bounce back from a self-defined rock-bottom status, seen so many smiling faces in one setting in which I played some role in creating, jumped out of bed each day with a stronger sense of purpose, surrounded myself with a team of people who are as passionate about what they do as I, and been able to genuinely try to ‘do good’ through a business channel in a motivated, values led way.
Given that we are only six months in, I know that my list will only get longer and hopefully more meaningful. But, for all of this to date, I am grateful for what you have done for me. Thank you.
Had Scene75 not been embraced by you all with such open arms, I would probably be lost right now in knowing that I had given up a woman, a career, a city of friends, and quite a few other nuggets of goodness along the way. Thankfully, though, many of you are as passionate about this facility as I am and thus, realize that I’m right where I need to be at this specific moment in time.
As we enter into 2013, I look forward to continuing many newly created Scene75 traditions in which so many of you participated. ‘Slime the Boss‘, ‘Indoor Trick or Treat’, and ‘Breakfast with Santa’ will all return in 2013. But I also very much look forward to creating many new traditions with the team, including our New Years Eve party where admission will be FREE, and we’ll be hosting our first live band performance to date. I hope you will join us for what will certainly be a fun-filled night.
On behalf of my family and my extended Scene75 family to yours, Merry Christmas to all of those who celebrate. And to each and every one of you, happy new year.
Best wishes in 2013,