Posts tagged living the dream
Posts tagged living the dream
A couple years ago I rented Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” from Netflix. “Seven Samurai” had the reputation of being one of the finest movies ever made; required viewing for any movie buff, the quintessential samurai movie. For a few months I made it a habit to watch samurai movies from the 60s and 70s and was rarely disappointed.
At the moment, I feel like one of the characters in “Seven Samurai.” He is called Kyuzo, and he is a master swordsman. In the film, the audience is introduced to him as he duels another samurai in a ring - where he dispatches his opponent easily with a wooden sword using a peerless blend of composure and skill.
After being recruited to join the other samurai, the youngest member of the group comes to visit Kyuzo. He asks Kyuzo to teach him swordsmanship, and believes he’s “just great!” Kyuzo isn’t quite sure how to respond to the apprentice samurai, he appears somewhat confused as to why the young man would want his help. It seems like everyone admires Kyuzo’s swordsmanship, but Kyuzo does not see his ability as anything remarkable. He is not arrogant or dismissive, rather he almost deflects the praise with silence or humble acknowledgement.
During a conversation with my mother today she mentioned she saw an old childhood friend of mine today. She told me that my old friend was really proud of my recent accomplishments and impressed that I worked so hard to get to where I wanted to go. She suggested I contact him via Facebook and speak to him about my recent life changes.
It put me in a strange place. I had a Kyuzo moment. I do not view what I went through these last few months as anything extraordinary, inspirational, or exceptional. I wrote to my old friend a couple weeks ago, because I recognized how he played a role in this process years ago.
Back in the early 90s, when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were all the rage, my friend and I would pretend to be on TV talking about them. He had family in Chicago, so he quickly became a fan. We were also soccer and baseball teammates for many years, so I’d be lying if I said that our times back then didn’t play a part now. I keep hearing from my peers that they find what I did somewhat inspirational and it has influenced them to make changes in their own lives.
One of the members of my Bible Study came up to me one night, shortly after I left my counseling job of four year and told me that she asked to take a leave of absence from her job as a lab tech at Colorado State University to try and sort through her own business. She asked me if she could talk to me about the process, and I agreed. For me it was another Kyuzo moment.
I cannot say that I live my life to inspire or to influence others to make significant changes in their lives. But I’ve become aware that the actions and deeds of my life are doing just that. It is not something I feel I can take credit for, but it is something I must deal with. Kyuzo moments offer me the chance to appreciate the ways I passively help other people simply by living my own life.
Believe it or not, people in my profession get paid to produce things like this…
Update: this video was featured on ESPN’s College Football Live on Aug. 24.
Job search facts:
4.1- Years spent employed as a counselor in a residential treatment facility.
11- Months needed to secure a position in collegiate athletics after leaving my previous job.
3- Career counselors utilized in helping me refine my job search and develop job searching skills.
12- Career paths considered before choosing sports information.
1- Conversation with my sister that persuaded me to pursue a career in sports information.
9- Sports information directors who I corresponded with or held an informational interview with.
17- Schools where application packets were sent.
11- States where those schools were located.
2- On-campus interviews earned.
Interesting facts about last season:
11-0 - The record of the women’s basketball team in games where I was a member of the game day staff (the lone loss came in a game I did not attend).
6- Sports that I worked as a member of the game day staff last season (men’s basketball, women’s basketball, softball, baseball, men’s/women’s tennis).
6- Feature articles written (men’s basketball, women’s basketball, track/cross country, baseball, men’s/women’s tennis, Title IX).
New job facts:
6- Sports I am responsible for and listed as the primary contact in my new position (women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, baseball, men’s/women’s tennis).
100- Dollar amount provided to purchase athletic apparel through the school’s direct-buy deal with Adidas.
2- Projected years to earn a Master’s Degree while working as a Graduate Assistant.
New location facts:
554- Miles from my home in Colorado to my new home in Kansas.
8.5- Number of hours required to traverse that distance by car.
13- Days given to move from Colorado to Kansas.
100- Yards from my front door to my office.
20,000- Size of Emporia, Kan.
6,500- Enrollment of Emporia State University.
2.7 million- Size of the Denver, Colo. metro area.
24,000- Enrollment of Metro State University of Denver.
I am now a Sports Information Graduate Assistant at Emporia State University (Kan.) Now I know what Luke must have felt like after he received his medal for destroying the Death Star.
I often place great personal achievements in the context of the Throne Room scene from Episode IV. At the top of the stairs I can see everyone, each of whom has played an instrumental part in helping me achieve my goal. It is an overwhelming and truly wonderful feeling to be recognized amongst your peers and those you hold most dear. The audience guides me to the podium as I feed of the energy resonating from the confidence and assurance of everyone in the room. At the end of the ceremony, I get a chance to turn around and see everyone again, a different person than I was at the top of the stairs. As I acknowledge the crowd, the applause starts. Roll Credits.
I would like to thank my followers for their contributions and for helping me give life to something that was a dream as recently as nine months ago. A significant and meaningful life achievement is like making a movie. It takes years to develop and produce, only made possible after countless people devote their time and energy in bringing the project to life. Each of you has earned a spot in the credits for your respective roles.
Irises by Vincent Van Gogh
I’ve spent the last few minutes reviewing the adventures of these two prancing around LA wearing stormtrooper helmets. It literally makes my day. The pictures speak for themselves, so take a look at them here. Here’s to them for taking adventures to the next level.
At approximately 12:00 p.m. (MST) I received a call from the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. He informed me that Whitworth University wished to fly me to Spokane from Denver for a formal interview and a tour of the campus.
I was given three potential dates for the interview in early July. One of the available dates was July 9th, my birthday. I listed that date as my first priority because it is a chance to give myself a truly special birthday present.
As you might imagine, I am rather excited and have notified several of my closest friends via phone already. I would like to thank you (the fans) for your continued support over the past few months and positive vibes sent my way.
Tomorrow I have an interview to be the Assistant Sports Information Director at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.
This is kind of a big deal for me, so I would appreciate any positivity/optimism any of you may have as I look to secure this opportunity.
As I have mentioned before, I value the fans and all the support they offer. Stay tuned for a press conference much like the days of the trivia team.
I believe I live my life a certain way, and find that people don’t necessarily understand what I’m doing or why I do it. The explanation is simple, I devote considerable time every day indulging in the things I love. It’s a routine I’ve crafted over the years that’s been adapted to the advances in technology. The routine looks something like this:
This is how all the interesting things I say and think are developed and developed to the depth that they are. Here’s an example:
I mocked this up a couple days ago after being inspired by “Game of Thrones.” I got the images from a free heraldry website. This coat-of-arms represents one of my best friends and every piece of it has meaning.
So there’s a look at what happens in my brain everyday. Everything I do works like that. Sometimes it’s hard to articulate it, as crazy as that may sound.
I feel as if I am teetering on the brink of achieving the bliss I want, doing what I love as a profession. I want to believe so badly that what I am doing will come to something and prove the incomparable Joseph Campbell correct.