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.