Okay… so… I’m a little excited this week, folks. Brenda Ray Coffee has asked me to contribute a monthly post to her blog 1010 Park Place. And today my first post Women Who Have “It” is live. You can see it here.
The post is a follow-up to my discussion last week about “it girls.” About how “it women” are, as Dottorressa said last week, “bien dans sa peau.” And about two “it women” friends of mine who have both embarked on new adventures in their lives, both expanding their horizons in their sixties.
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New horizons have always scared the pants off me. Forging into the unknown can be frightening. I always think the worst when it comes to trying something new. I think: “I’ll fall flat on my face. I’ll mess up. I’m not worthy and everyone will know it.”
My first day of teaching ever, I talked so fast that I taught a forty-five minute lesson in fifteen. Ackkk. What the heck was I to do with twenty-five thirteen year olds for thirty extra minutes? I had no teacher tricks up my sleeve. Luckily my teacher-mentor rescued me, and we laughed about it afterward.
As a fairly young teacher, I was petrified when my principal, Barb, asked me to “teach” a sample grade nine English activity at a parents’ evening. I’d be presenting to two groups of fifty or sixty parents who were deciding if they wanted their child to attend our school the following year. Ackkk. No pressure then. As it happened, once I began, and a kind mother in the front laughed at my first joke, I was fine. I even enjoyed it.
Similarly, as a new department head, I was scared to death at my first meeting with my department, all twenty of them, several of whom were much more experienced teachers than I was at the time. My friend Catherine said I looked like a deer in the headlights. I so wanted to do a good job; I just wasn’t sure I was up to the challenge.
I was nervous about pressing publish with my first post on this blog back in 2014. But when I received my first few page views, and even a friendly reader comment, well, that gave me courage.
And when Brenda’s kind offer came my way, I almost didn’t say yes. But I’m glad I did. And we’ll see what happens.
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The hardest part about writing for Brenda’s site has been giving control over to someone else. I can’t retrieve the post and edit a bit more once it’s published. When I saw my post for the first time on her site, I was reminded of all the assignments that kids submitted to me over the years. And how many times they’d say that the minute the paper slipped into my file folder they wanted to snatch it back. Because at that moment they realized everything they had done wrong. Yep. I know just how they felt. Working to a specific word length is also new for me. If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I find that hard to do. I love to talk. Still, maybe it will be good practice for me to just shut up and get to the point for a change.
Writing for 1010 Park Place won’t interfere with my plans for High Heels in the Wilderness. I’m hoping they will compliment each other. And although I’m a little nervous about this new venture, I’m game to give it a try. Because we’re all scared about starting something new. But when we let that fear stop us from doing what we want, well, then we’re in trouble.
Having said all that, I won’t be taking up snowboarding any time soon. That scares the pants off me. Not just because it’s something new. Mostly it’s fear of broken limbs and concussion. In this instance, the thought that I’ll fall flat on my face is not an irrational fear, but a very rational expectation. Ha.
So how about you, folks? Any new ventures for you this year? Scary or otherwise.
P.S. And don’t forget to hop over to Brenda’s blog and have a look at my post. And let me know what you think.