Many of us have private niche interests or “secret talents.” Its part of what makes life so cool –ittle things that we do that most other people do not do. A few examples: one of my old co-workers was an excellent marksman, one of my high school friends could do a Rubik’s Cube in less than 5 minutes, and one of my old college teammates was a world-class cellist. These skills and passions are developed over a lifetime, but are rarely practiced in public – and sometimes even close friends may not know about these secret skills.
Over the past fifteen years, the internet has changed a lot of things in our lives, but perhaps my favorite thing about the internet is how it unites people with niche interests.
This weekend I (inadvertently) attended one of these such unions – the first annual Unicycle festival on Governor’s Island. Prior to this point in my life I have probably seen 1 or 2 people who could ride unicycles – total. On Governors Island this past weekend I saw hundreds of unicyclists. It was incredible – and I only attended one day of the three day festival. It was the perfect example of how the internet helps bring people together that otherwise would never know how to find one another.
So, what’s your secret talent? Chances are you are one click away from finding many other people just like you.