One the first day we were there several of us had lunch together. At one point the waiter asked if we wanted to move together to another room. A back room. He was very polite in his suggestion but it seemed a bit off. We said no thank you and returned to our conversations. I remarked that maybe we were too loud for the other few guests that were there. But we just laughed that off.
Then in the morning I came late to breakfast. As I walked down the hall before I even got into the room I thought to myself, "Self, this is a loud group!" Then in classes it was none stop talking. The only time I noticed that there was a lull in the conversations was when we listened to other's artists craft instructions. That was it.
I thought maybe it was just me. Then on my Instagram comments Holly of 504Main made an observation about the noise at dinner the last night. I was happy to realize it wasn't just me. Which made me stop to think about why were we so noisy?
As I watched everyone I learned the 7th thing at Michaels Makers Summit - Tribes have Energy. At least creative ones do. There was non-stop talking, laughing, moving about visiting and just general merriment. Everyone felt comfortable. We spoke the same language. Got the same thrill from the craft. Appreciated the detail and effort of all the planning. And recognized each other from previous online or in person connections. We'd found one of their tribes and it was freeing.
It was the coming together of the tribe in real life that made for a tangible energy that was manifest in the sound. It was a joyous noise. And I venture to speak for many that the tribe left all of us creatively rejuvenated.