Sometimes in life, you need a challenge. I've been needing something challenging in my life for a while now, and I may have come up with the answer.
Last year our adventures in Peru included ziplining across the canyon and roaring river five times.
Here we are on the platform. - kind of panoramic view.
If you can find the dot, that is one of us out on the zipline. There is actual video of each of us zipping across the river, but I seem to have trouble posting videos. I'll just tell you that my face is white and my eyes are wide and I'm frowning or concentrating on not dieing. Whatever! It was not a pretty picture.
When all was said and done, we had to walk out across the bridge, which was similar to walking on bungee cords bouncing all around. Three times we had to stop and unhook our safety hooks and rehook them around structure poles - wearing welders gloves - all the while dipping and swaying. It took such concentration that I did not smile until I was on safe ground, and then only after I wiped the sweat out of my sunglasses and could see again. But I met those challenges as well as the four day trek and the 30 mile bicycle ride down through the Andes. Not bad for fat, old girl!
Now I am taking on a new challenge, and it may be the scariest yet. I have been offered a half-day teaching job in Comanche - teaching art in the high school. So why is that scary? After all, I have taught in public schools before. I have taught high school kids (twenty years ago!). I have taught art girls for the last 15 years. But I have never taught art in public school. When I think that I will need to do lots of planning and prep time - that I will need to keep the kids on task and busy, I freak a bit. The worlds greatest procrastinator just put herself on a time schedule with lots of deadlines. But it is just half a day - right?!
The principal actually said that he had a couple of other people wanting the job, but he liked my "maturity." I probably should have pointed out that I am hormonal, which is not exactly like postal, but close. It is funny that back in my college days, I started out thinking I would teach art. For different reasons, I switched my first teaching field to English and my second teaching field to art. I loved teaching English - it was very structured. Art, well, not so structured! And that is the challenge.
When I texted Jesse and told her about the position and offer and asked her opinion, she texted back, "Pros and cons?" I texted, "Pros - purpose in life." She texted, "That is an important one." Then she started giving me lots of positive feedback. Thank you, Jesse, for understanding that and being positive. Toby was also positive. He knows my struggles with purpose. Bo was not so positive at first, but then he gave me the thumbs up. I appreciate that too. I need encouragement at this point in life...as well as a challenge. Hopefully I will be able to do this and smile at the same time.