Last year when we went to Arizona for the second time, it was in May. We were located right across the road from ASU. Being the first part of May, it was graduation time for the area colleges, including Arizona State. We walked the campus as we normally do when we visit the city of Tempe. On one of our morning walks we looked up at a building on the campus and saw this quote: "I will prepare and someday my chance will come." I loved that quote. It is full of promise, but not without work. It is a quote of hope with responsibility included.
This year we are not heading to Arizona for the second time. We are not walking by the tall glass building to see if the quote again is posted on the wall. Instead, I am living the quote. I feel that each time I finish a blog or spend time reading another professional book when I only have 29 more days to teach, is a way that I am preparing. Unlike most of the graduates, I really have no idea what I am preparing for.
My method of preparing then is not classrooms full of curriculum or a plan list of tests I must complete. Instead, it is doing things that I enjoy and yet push me to be a better writer, teacher, grandmother, wife, and all-round person. Whatever the future has in store for me, I know it will be something that challenges me to get out of my comfort zone. I know it will be doing some sort of problem-solving because that is what challenges me the most. It will probably have something to do with people. In my last few years I have realized that I do enjoy being around all kinds of different cultures, backgrounds and ethnic races.
I am now just waiting for my chance to come. I am continuing to prepare the best ways I can. Until the chance comes, I will enjoy everyday working on my skills!