Last month I opened my inbox and saw an email from Pinterest. They were interested in connecting to some pinners in Des Moines and I was obviously more than happy to help them.
I suggested a couple of local businesses that utilized their platform well and made sure to tell them that Des Moines was pretty awesome and that they should come visit someday soon. Once I hit send, I forgot all about it until I received a second email from someone else on staff who wanted to talk more in-depth. So we scheduled a phone call and I spent a good half-hour rambling about how I use Pinterest for the popup dinners. I also suggested plenty of restaurants and bars, too.
The story gets even more interesting (pinteresting?) because they ended up sending a team to Des Moines and I got to hang out with them! A group of ten of us spent two hours at La Mie talking about all things Pinterest — what we liked, what we thought needed improved, and the reasons we used it in our daily lives.
As we talked with the team, they slowly introduced themselves and that’s when I realized who was sitting across from me — the founders of Pinterest! Ben and Evan were sitting right across from me, asking questions and listening thoughtfully to my responses. It was so surreal, but also felt like the most normal thing in the world! All in all, a very nice way to spend a Tuesday morning.
Afterwards, one of my friends told me, “Evan, your life is so different than everyone else’s!” And there are definitely times that life feels outrageous and spectacular, but it’s not a constant thing. There are absolutely times where I feel sad, confused, and lost. But every now and then, there are serendipitous days that make me look up at the sky and ask, “Where’s all this going?”