Has it been that long and so short? One Year and five months. Summer of 2010. I know that I’ve mentioned the public speaking class I took on a few occasions recently, but it felt as though it was much further in the distance than I realized. Time has gone by fast in 2010 and continues to speed by as the end of 2011 is near.
When I sorted through the mail, I saw a familiar address label, both receiver and sender: Rebbecca Hill. Hmm. What is this? No memories triggered. I didn’t know. Probably another bill. I opened it then and there. Now I remember…yes, the instructor had us do a first assignment: Answer eight questions. Be honest, he said. This is for you. Turn it in to me with a self addressed and stamped envelope. I will send this back to you in one year.
It felt good. It felt true. And it came at the right time, when I needed to hear my own encouraging words to myself at this point in time. I held it close, and I laughed and thought, all be darn. It’s seems so long ago, yet, it’s only a little over a year.
I still have the assignment on my computer, but I really had forgotten about that piece of the class, and I’m glad I forgot because it was a great surprise to receive a letter from myself, well not a letter, but a reminder of where I was and where I am in eight questions. The destination is similar and I continue on my path, making adjustments, just as I have been and it feels right.
June 14, 2010
MTWTH 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
1. Why am I attending college? I love learning and will attend college or take classes as long as I can—hopefully I don’t run out of classes.
2. What do I believe I might be doing in a year (specifically)? I’m honestly not sure. It’s possible I may be doing work with my voice and by then maybe I will have finally submitted something for publication. In 5 years? In five years…wow, that seems like a long time out. Let’s see, in numbers, in five years, I’ll be 42 years old. I can see myself teaching or communicating. I may have found just the right teaching environment by this time and I may have found out how to make it happen as far as credential/education needed to do this. And I hope that I am able to make a good living doing what I love.
3. What three values does my life stand for/represent to others? This is hard to answer. I think people see kindness, curiosity, love for life. I think many people see me as a teacher and writer.
4. What about me do I want to change? I think I’d like to continue working on my situational social shy skills. I’d probably like to see me become a better networked and be open to more friendships, which time wise can be a challenge.
5. What about me do I hope stays the same? I hope to always maintain my zest for life, my childlike curiosity and wonder and ability to continue laughing and trying to make the best of life.
6. What is happening in my life now that I hope to be able to laugh at in a year? I can’t think of anything in particular, maybe I’ll have a good laugh about voiceovers.
7. What do I want to be sure to remember about my life today, and remind myself about approximately a year from now? Keep remembering to appreciate every moment and to honor and respect the past and future, but to keep the present in mind—in perspective. Remember that you signed up for public speaking and you decided to face one of your biggest fears head on. You should be proud of yourself :)
8. What about myself, my family and my friends do I want to remember to celebrate? I guess just celebrate life! Keep it simple. Appreciate every day!