Lot of things I want to write about lately, but I’ve been consumed by work and trying to meet EVERY SINGLE PERSON in Houston. If you’re in or around the city give me a shout.
In lieu of some breathtaking analysis (Ha!) I wanted to respond to Sam’s ‘10 Things You May Not Know About Me‘ Meme with five things of my own. Please feign interest.
1.) I almost died when I was two days old. I don’t know all the details, but I had a blockage in my urethra that was causing mass kidney failure. I try to remind myself that I’m lucky to be alive, and that I’m here for a reason, to do big things and impact the world in a positive way. I have two scars on my lower stomach as a result. I use them as an excuse that the “fat can’t spread out, and that’s why I can’t get an 8 pack.”
2.) Speaking of 8 packs, I actually had one in Jr. High. When I was in Jr. high I ran a 5:15 mile, but after freshman year my running partner was diagnosed with anemia and stopped running. It was never as fun without him. I ran cross-country casually during football season, but wasn’t allowed to run track during baseball season. My 3-mile PR is around 17:15. I never beat that 5:15 mile or had an 8 pack since then. But I do believe in the power of running. If you can defeat that voice in your head that tells you to quit when it hurts you can learn to accomplish amazing things in life.
3.) I was a state ranked chess player peaking as high as 14th in the state for my age in both 7th and 8th grade. (Man, I peaked young didn’t I?) I quit because the travel for tournaments cut into my sports time, but I was never the 14th best baseball player in Texas, or even the 14th best second basemen. I played college ball, but maybe I should’ve stuck to chess. Ha! Chess taught me a lot about patience, problem solving and focus – all things that still help me today. I doubt you can beat me in chess, or hearts.
4.) My grandfather is like the John Wooden of college rodeo. Not only did he win 4 national titles as a competitor, but he coached Sam Houston State to 8 national team titles and host of other individual titles – more than any other college or university in the nation. I suspect I get my passion for teaching from him, and wouldn’t be surprised if I taught a collegiate class at some point during my career.
5.) I talk to one or both of my parents every single day. I remember my peers in Charlotte office looking at me like I was crazy when I mentioned this, but I have the most awesome, supportive family ever and my parents are my best friends. I realize I’m very fortunate that I have their support no matter what, and I try to reciprocate that by learning from them, and talking to them every chance I get. When I get where I’m going, I’ll definitely have them to thank.
You guessed it. Now it’s your turn. Either share in the comments or write a post of your own telling me 3, 5, 7, or 10 (I don’t care about the #) things about you. Finally getting to meet so many friends at #sxsw has left wanting to know more about all of you. Share away.
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