Surprising myself

Today’s task for the #yourturnchallenge is to relate a time that I surprised myself.

There have been a few times that I have surprised myself, but most of them were not sudden, they happened over a period of time.  Two such examples that spring to mind are:

  • Running a marathon when I was 40. Earlier in my life I never would have imagined that I could be disciplined enough to train for a marathon.  But I did it.  The timing was good; I took a year’s extended maternity leave after my 2nd child was born and used some of the time to train.
  • Applying for and being appointed as an associate principal.  I was happy being a teacher, and not particularly ambitious to move beyond the classroom.  But I took a risk, and it paid off.  Furthermore, 18 months into the job, I feel like it has been a successful move.

But probably the most influential surprises, albeit not a huge surprise, was when I spoke at my father’s funeral.  I have always been a reasonable public speaker, but because I really believed in what I was saying, I was able to move the audience and received very positive feedback afterwards.

This experience made me realize, that, if I really believed in my message, I can be a powerful public speaker.  Strongly believing that I have a message that others need to hear, the thought of speaking in front of an audience is less daunting, too.

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About eadurkin

Originally a HS Mathematics teacher from New Zealand, currently working as Associate Principal in the Secondary School at Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe, Japan. Married with two children.
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