The final storyteller of the night was Nicole Irland, with a story of her obsession with to-do lists. Growing up in a less-than-ideal environment, Nicole began a love affair with to-do lists to gain a sense of control. She began to find that she wasn’t satisfied unless every to-do list task could be fulfilled, and only then would more opportunities seemingly appear before her eyes. This became a problem that inevitably spiraled. Recently Nicole has experienced some spontaneity and a sense of freedom in letting go. She wondered how she could go on living in this controlled manner if letting go felt so incredibly liberating; now, this is her Eutopia.
Ultimately, we all have our Eutopias, whether we stumble across them or work toward them for the sake of ourselves or others. The story of our personal Eutopias often shifts, growing and changing along with us. Often the human experience is just that: a utopia, a sort of place we ponder but doesn’t really exist; we often waste away fantasizing about a Eutopia that can only happen when we do something and push towards change.
As the audience deliberated and the votes were in, novice storyteller Kelly became the honorable winner of the evening!
Thanks to Anodyne Coffee, the storytellers, the volunteers, and everyone who joined us at the Slam. Thanks also to event sponsors Bronze Optical Gallery and Landmark Credit Union and all the fantastic season sponsors, including Transfer Pizzeria, 90.7 WPR, SRH Marketing, WUWM 89.7, and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.