That time flies, I certainly don't need to draw a picture because on September 20, 2023, I will celebrate my two-year anniversary at Calibrate. When I had the opportunity to participate in the Drupal Dev Days in Ghent in April 2022, I immediately realized what a warm atmosphere there was within the Drupal Community.
During my week at Drupal Dev Days, I not only made my first commit on drupal.org, but immediately thought that being a speaker at a conference would be a huge feeling and motivation boost.
And oh boy, was it true? Definitely! A year after Drupal Dev Days, without much thought, I submitted my abstract for a talk at DrupalCon Lille 2023. Secretly I was hoping from the moment I clicked the submit button that my talk would be chosen for the event in Lille and I can already say that I jumped a hole in the air when I read the email that I was selected.
The feeling that went through me then is hard to describe, but one thing went through me and that was pride. A pride that I had not experienced before. It wasn't just personal. No, it was also a pride that I got to give a talk on behalf of Calibrate, my employer who itself deals well with Tourette's, about how other companies in the tech industry can do exactly what Calibrate is doing for me.