As everyone knows, my summer started off pretty amazing. I'm not saying the last month and a half was bad, but it has test my heart and my patience.
I am finally at a crossroads and I need to choose my direction. I have had the most wonderful past two days. On Friday, I had my first Professional Development book Club at work. One attendee, a coworker of mine, are essentially the same person I think. We knew we would get along. We also had a student come to the group that was extremely refreshing. As we all talked, got off topic, got back on topic, and found more realistic scenarios to the examples in the book, we realized how important it was for 2 young women in their early 30s to be there. This girl was 19 and from a different country. She stepped out of her comfort zone to come. We laughed, talked, and gave real world advise on jobs, school, dating, and even self image.
I think we forget sometimes that we are important in even the smallest ways.
I also had the humbling opportunity to guide a group of alumni from the late 1960s back on campus for the first time. The men I worked with were fantastic, but when we all got together, it was like we were all friends. They all started teasing each other like they were undergrads saying "do you remember when you did that?" and "I bet you can't remember who performed here in 1968..." I think the moment that was real for me was when we all walked into the fieldhouse. I swear I saw a tear in one members eye. Everything they dreamed of in the 1960's and 70's had come to pass. I was just a witness and a guide to show it.
Life throws you unexpected curves. Sometimes you get what you want and sometimes another opportunity opens up when another closes. No matter the circumstances, I appreciate being able to make a difference when I am and how I am.