Sometimes, I marvel at where I was —- and where I am now.
Growing up, we truly did not travel very much. Summer vacations went from our home, to Denny’s at the grapevine, to San Jose, to San Francisco (we ate at Fisherman’s Grotto), to the RedWoods, to Medford, Or. (only once did we differ out trip and went to Nevada)
It was not until I was 21 years old that I traveled more than 200 miles outside of CA.
I was very involved in my church growing up — went to summer camps each year (same camp), spent every MWF at the beach at 5th Street Manhatten, and went to a private Christian college where many attended that also went to that same “camp” & “beach” with me.
I was so sheltered….and my bubble was small.
So, suddenly, while watching the Grey Cup on Sunday — and cheering for the Roughriders — I suddenly stopped and thought “what exactly are you doing, Jen? and what got you to this point?”
I mean, to be honest — first, I don’t even like football (though I do enjoy it a bit more now that they have the laser lights to mark the yardage) and secondly, Canadian football…?? truly?
I was watching Canadian Football because 1 friend twittered out that he was at the game and I started to look for him in the crowd.
And I thought — wait — you know someone in Canada at the Grey Cup….really, you do!
And I thought wow…….I, who am just a drop in this huge world, can now honestly say that I know one person in every single state in the US – and that they know me – and also people in many provinces in Canada and several other countries — AND that completely staggers my mind.
It amazes me — the wealth of influence provided by others, the opportunities of impact, and the consistency of conversations that are now available to me via Social Media.
And in no way this is to brag — because it humbles me to the bone. But is it something that makes me shake my head and wonder “why is not EVERYONE taking advantage of the opportunity that is available AT THEIR FINGERTIPS?”
And in no way did this happen overnight….but slowly and steadily…..I continually meet exceptional educators who are so willing to share their expertise freely with everyone.
But it is just not me that is benefiting from this — everyone can. All you need to do is find somewhere to connect with others. It doesn’t have to be twitter — it could be facebook, or an email list, or edmodo, or instragram, or pinterest, or finding some blogs to read and then bouncing to other blogs — but there is a way that YOU too can connect — and allow others to connect with you.Meeting one person at a time — until before you know it — you know MANY!
Why was my watching football on Sunday so important
– because I have a friend in Canada
and I know that that might seem silly to you –
but to me — it is HUGE.