Sometimes I do this weird thing. Actually, scratch that. ALL THE TIME, I do LOTS of weird things. Today, I will be discussing only one.
The other day, I was sitting on my balcony and I hear this guy downstairs talking on the phone. I could only hear bits and pieces of the conversation, but naturally, I began to hypothesize what he was talking about. Why was he so excited? Who was on the other side of the phone? What happened prior to the phone call that made him pace outside until he was virtually out of breath? So instead of just wonder, I did what any writer would do and I simply filled in the story for myself.
From Where I Sit: On the Balcony
Him: "Just think! If you and I could do this challenge twice--no--even once a month."
He trailed off into the distance before I could hear what the challenge was.
A few possibilities:
- Juice cleanse
- Extreme workout of some kind
- Making a random YouTube series to become famous
- Network marketing scheme of your choice (usually connected with an extreme workout of some kind)
- Hotdog contests for extra cash
- Cleaning up the trash they tend to leave in a pile outside
- Practicing stand-up comedy in an effort to book bigger shows
I have no clue what he was actually talking about, but I do know this:
- He was SUPER excited about it.
- He was using every ounce of his persuasive power to convince his friend to join him.
- We are all DYING to have something to be passionate about.
- We are all goal-setters, whether we realize it or not. Evidence from the text, "We could do it once a month, maybe!"
- If and when we ARE passionate about something, we WANT to get others on board.
I hope to channel some of that innate desire to be passionate in my classroom, and in my everyday life. How can I be not just someone who shares information, but someone who mobilizes other people and channels their inner fire? Good question, I know.
Side Note: I have had this post in my queue for about five weeks. I was afraid to post it because it seemed so outside of the realm of what I usually write. However, on a whim complete with caffeine-induced jitters (Does anyone else over-caffeinate when it's FREEZING outside?), I decided to go for it. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So, here you go, insanity. Stop following me around.
P.S. Let me know if you think this From Where I Sit theme sounds interesting and you want more! I eavesdrop on tons of conversations!