Twelve months ago I started a new venture, I hung my running shoes up on the door and started my first teaching job. This was not just any ordinary teaching position. This one was special. At first glance most would probably have ran out the door as quickly as possible with the idea of teaching where I taught, while others would have felt like it was their chance to portray Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds or Hilary Swank in Freedom Writers. I wont lie part of me liked the idea of changing the lives of inner city kids.
Twelve months ago, I had become weak! Twelve months ago, I walked through the doors of this High School looking to be challenged. Twelve months ago, I wanted to enter into to unfamiliar ground. I needed to be shaken. I was desperate to find the strength I felt like I had lost.
On the second day of school a student stood up and closed his notebook. I told the student it was not time to put things up, and that I was still going over our syllabus, He picked up his notebook and preceded to through it right towards my direction informing me that he was done.
On the last day of school I had a room full of students who would not leave my classroom. Several of them followed me out to my car begging me not to leave. My time with them had come to an end.
Did I step into unfamiliar ground?…. Yes!
Was I shaken?… Umm. TOTALLY!
Did I find the strength I had lost?… Most Definitely!
This past year I was challenged in a whole new way. I was given the mental and emotional strength I needed to continue on with my own dreams. As the new year approaches, Good Luck to all my old students! I sure will miss you and you all will hold a special place in my heart!!
Twelve Months ago, I started running again, with the hopes of setting my Olympic Trials Qualifying Standard. I ran a few races and ran the fastest 5k since college. This really boosted my confidence to train harder and really commit to the work that needed to be done. I was looking to run in the Eugene Marathon this past May, When I was sidelined by yet another 2 stress fractures. I was able to work my way up to a few 15 mile runs before these injuries crept into my bones.
Twelve months ago, was the start of James’s 4th year of medical school. YAY!! He was almost done. I can not express how proud I am of him for working so hard through school. When May came around, I could not wait for him to walk across that stage.
Which brings me to present day….. James has started his residency and is in the full swing of things. While I have started training once again. Hoping these past twelve months have taught me and strengthened me to continue onward through my journey.
Stay tuned for updates..