Saturday, December 30, 2017

Are we that different?

This blog is going to make no sense if you don't watch the video and stop reading it from the asterisks on.  I just included the transcript for myself.  It is not intended for anyone that is not a #cddolphins student (alumni), staff member, or anyone that might know me.  I like being both behind the camera and in front of the camera, just like our students.  I was just given these recordings over the holiday.  This is proof that there was musical.ly, flipagram, snapchat, and youtube in 1989!  Here is the proof!  I made music videos with my brother - HAHA!  This is more though, this is an explanation to my students that I am like them, I was them.

I want this to show them that, although at times I may be goofy, I failed many times, here (snowboarding) and succeeded many times, here (goalkeeping).  Both took a lot of work, I gave up on snowboarding, and lip singing, but I continued to practice at soccer.  It allowed me to form relationships with others that will last forever, and have contributed greatly to who I am.  It doesn't have to be soccer, it just has to be something...

I wish I had clips of me reading for hours, but who would do that?  I wish I had clips of me struggling with math problems, but again... no one does that.  So here is what I got.

I narrated the video with a little song interlude.  Again to read from here will make no sense.  Just play the video.



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This video was created to show you who I was, not unlike you, I recorded myself, played sports, tried new things, and just tried to be a kid.  I involved my brother, who many of you know from last year's visit.  We did goofy things, all the time, we made lots of videos, we played video games, we fought, I got in trouble sometimes, but always made amends with apologizing and realizing my consequences.  I also continued to push myself to try new things and practice those things I loved to do so much.  I found a passion, I worked at it night and day.  My passions were writing, reading, and soccer.  It was not lip singing as you can clearly see here.

It takes two was my song in 1989 when I was 11 years old. 

I realized early snowboarding was not my thing either, but I tried it, it made the moments at home more enjoyable, because I knew I pushed  myself at something, anything I was not comfortable with. 

Then I got to high school.  This is from my senior year as I prepared to play beyond.  I had to practice really hard, I was exhausted days on days.  I never allowed being sore prevent me from continuing to work.  I know many of your passions will not be soccer, and I understand that.  What I want you to know is that you can not realize any of your passions without working at it all the time, sweating, and sacrificing some things to get to where you want.  I found these videos and I immediately thought about how I could reach out to you.  You are my passion now, I am a believer in whatever it is you try, success or failure.  I know your teachers are as well, we are here to make sure that you do not give up, you do not quit, and most importantly we are doing it all together.  I was 5 once, I was 7 once, I was 9 once, and I was 11 once.  We all know how hard it is, it is up to you to show us how easy you can make it.     

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