Skip to main content

Off to Spring Break

I am about to turn thirty-two years old in several weeks, and I will be enjoying my first Spring Break starting today. Yes, that's right. That opening sentence was correct. I'm thirty-two. Spring Break. 

This is indeed happening. Ironically enough, I work in higher education, so my life has perpetually become segmented by semesters, and driven by things such as "J-term" and "summer vacation". It's a far cry from the missed opportunities during my undergraduate career which was committed to college baseball, and my graduate career which included me simply trying to finish in order to start my career. 

And of course, as a professional, Spring Break just means no students are around, and it's an opportunity to take a breather before the stretch towards commencement. 

Regardless, I leave on a plane for Miami, Florida this Spring Break. And for some reason, with that mid-semester pause, there is a part of me that realizes that I've gotten away from many of the thoughts and feelings that drive me to this blog, and rather, I've become filled with responding to the world around me. 

I know, that's life. And truthfully, the older I become, the more awakened I am to how complex life is, how simple it should be, and how the stuff in between sucks. It sucks, like a lot. Am I right?

But as I am hours from boarding a plane to warm weather, hours from visiting my brother who I haven't seen in years, and of course, hours from taking in the World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park, this sudden break has given me an opportunity to stop to reevaluate the "problems" in life, and all of the worries, concern, and frustrations. Really, I've been able to just take in the better part of my growth as person. 

When was the last time you did that? Truly, just stop everything that revolves and evolves in your life, and admire, evaluate, and reflect on it all. All of it. Every single thing. 

Today, many of my students stopped in my office before they took off for Spring Break, and for the first time in a long time it reminded me of my growth as a leader, and overall, as a person. While the challenge becomes different as the age difference widens between me and them into my tenure in this profession, there is that unspoken and intangible satisfaction of knowing the impact you're making on the lives of others during a crucial time of their lives. It was just yesterday I had several conversations about social justice and other various issues with a few of them. Then of course, there are the moments they come into my office to simple share their success stories:

I killed midterms today!

Remember that guy I thought was cute, we're hanging out over break! 

Just PR'ed squats today. Let's go! 

Or my favorite...

Dev, I accepted a job offer!

It still gets me every time.

For some reason, on my ride home, instead of diving into e-mails or readings for class (more on that pursuit later) I surfed through my instagram pictures, and realized, just from that thread, how far I've come. And really, my instagram account only dates back a few years! The opportunity to travel to so many places. See so many things. Continually seek and conquer the things my wife and I have on our bucket lists. Conquering my own personal challenges. Having and eventually gaining access to enjoy the various luxuries and privileges in a system that doesn't allow that to everyone -  it's all just amazing to me. So amazing. 

Even after life has thrown some curves my way, most notably my father's mental health, I honestly couldn't ever have imagined all of this. It's a long way from being poor and living in the one-bedroom basement apartment we did as kids. 

It's a long way from doubting myself and my abilities as a leader. 

It's a long way from viewing the world from a different lens - socioeconomically and socially - and now understanding the silver linings within all of that middle stuff that sucks so much, and the journey it presents and reflects. 

It's an awesome process, especially if you evolve. 

And with all of that said...I'm off to Spring Break. Imagine that?

Recently Read Posts

4:44 - Jay-Z Pulls Me Back

I admit it. At one point, this Brooklyn-born-and-raised guy who narrated his growth to the tunes of one Jay-Z, believed that those days were gone. Over the last two or three albums, I sort of gave up on Jay-z being that voice that I can identify with. That voice that always speaks and holds truth to what I can relate to. Upon growing into a possible billionaire, and rapping about having money and whatever it was, I was one of those fans who decided, you know, will just listen to the hits. 
Partly, I was disappointed. He went from reaching in and representing the inner city heart of anyone who understood the words and sounds beyond just the catchy hooks and killer beats of what mainstream (and white) America heard.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/16/17

3 Up 
1. Surprised Mother/Bride - I'm not one for sappy stories, but I am a sucker for a good story that reflects the circle of life, and the meaning of everything happening for a reason. Give this story a quick read - a mother who recently lost her son, has the recipient of her son's heart in a transplant show up at her wedding. Good stuff. Just good stuff. 
2. MLB All-Star Break - The MLB hit it out of the park earlier this week with an amazing time that included an awesome Home Run Derby, and some shenanigans that made for a good All-Star Game.
2A. Aaron Judge - Kudos to the big man for not only going along with the budding hype, but adding some legitimacy to it with that Home Run Derby performance. 
3. Roger Federer - Another Wimbledon Championship for the vet as he continues to hold off the young flock on the rise, yet continuing to add to an already super impressive legacy. 
3 Down
1. Donald Trump Jr. Situation - And...politics is back on the list. The continuing Russia p…

Dope Sports Threads - 2017 MLB All-Star Break

You knew I had to post on everything aesthetic during the MLB All-Star Break festivities. I just had to! Yes, I am a nerd for this stuff - always have been, always will be. And unlike some baseball fans, the All-Star Break is still must-see for me. I enjoy the Home Run Derby. I enjoy the All-Star Game. I appreciate seeing the guys enjoy the game that I love as well.

I'll leave my continued feelings (and rants) for fans who continue to push back against the progression of the game of baseball. For now, I'll just leave it be. I'm sure the rest of this post may drive them nuts too. Oh well. Here are some things that caught my eye this week:

Turning Thirty-Two

Today, I turn thirty-two. There is just something odd about this age - like twenty-three was, or twenty-eight was, you know, the mile markers in between the rest stops - that just doesn't carry the super significance as 21 and 30 did. Although, at this stage of life, there are many mile markers, and those celebratory rest stops are much, much fewer in between. 
Though, it wasn't too long ago I passed a big one - thirty! And if you remember, I loved becoming AND being thirty. To be honest, I enjoyed being thirty-one, and really, thirty-two already seems kick-ass. Call me crazy, my thirties have been VERY enjoyable. 
But as I turn thirty-two, there isn't much significance in the number, but truly, it's about the changes in myself. Thirty was just two years away, and I am already better than that version of myself. This year marked ten years since I've graduated from college (Things I Would tell My college Self), and I am a much better version of myself compared to t…