I have submitted to Summit multiple times over the years, and every time the email comes in late May/early June my stomach knots up - I have been selected to speak once before (2016) but I still have that little bit of self-doubt. Were my abstracts good enough? Does anyone care about the subjects I want to talk about? Who am I kidding anyway?
But when the email comes and one of the sessions says "Accepted"...
I have to admit for a brief moment it feels like this:
...but the moment passes pretty quickly, because I know that I am but a little piece of the big puzzle. There are dozens of Community Speakers and also dozens of Microsoft and Partner Speakers, not to mention the *HUNDREDS* of volunteers that make PASS and the Summit work.
It is still exciting to be selected, and each time it is a little humbling to hear people who don't happen to get selected in any given year offer up congratulations to those who are picked; we all support each other, and it's likely next year I will be congratulating someone else when they get picked and I don't.
Compared to Mr. T, I think in this case Emmet is more on-target:
At the end of the day we are all #sqlfamily and we all have our own unique talents and our own unique voice - even if a particular event or venue doesn't select you, keep sharing - speaking/writing/whatever - because everyone has a story to tell.