-
RSS Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Dirty Work
Less
Starry Night
Last
Ready

Archives

October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
February 2014
November 2013
July 2013
June 2013

powered by

The "Wu Word" Blog

HUMS

At least three days a week, I go swim.  I am such a ‘regular’ that the lifeguards know me by name and my favorite first swim lane.  Nearly all these lifeguards are in their early to mid-20’s and going to school.  The lifeguard gig is for them to make some extra pocket money.  One lifeguard told me that she has known since she was a tiny tyke that she was going to be a nurse.  Her eyes light up when she talks about learning about the human body.  She clamored, “I can’t wait to be a nurse!”  I said to her, “Good for you, because I never knew what I wanted to do with my life!” 
 
Another lifeguard shared with me that he was going back to school to be a Paramedic after being in film school for four years, only to learn that there was no way in heck he was going to be able to make a living with film.   I got the sense that he was not the biggest fan of academics and said to him, “Some people have their *hit together.  Others have their *hit splattered all over the place.  But, it’s OK.  You learn as you go.  Everything always has a way of falling into place, even when it feels like everything and you are just falling apart.” 
 
Some people know what they want to do what they want to do for the rest of their lives.  Plan everything out perfectly.  But as we all know—life happens and keeps on happening when you are making plans.  There are many interruptions and detours that happen that can bulldoze those perfectly prepared plans right down.  Some seem to get bulldozed more than others.  Others appear to have the most manicured of lawns and lives.
 
I was never one of these people.  I was also NEVER one who wanted to ‘climb up the ladder.’ I never wanted the pressure and stress.  I never wanted the money that I have found more often than not brings out the very worst in people.  I never wanted an advanced degree.  At a career panel that I attended recently, about six of the speakers shared how they knew what they wanted to do with their lives and had basked in one promotion after another with more schooling and more money.  One sole speaker shared that he had followed the same upward climb just like everyone else, but, unlike everyone else, the upward climb sent him into a downward spiral. 
 
He confessed, “I was not happy.  The money, the pressure, the stress…this wasn’t me.  I climbed up the ladder because that’s what everyone else does, and that’s what you are expected to do in life.  I ended up speaking with my supervisor and returning to my previous role.  I realized how important it was to be honest and humble and show humility to yourself and to others and when you are not like everyone else.  What may one or all may not work for you—and you do not always and will not always know and that’s okay as long as you are humble and have humility to then find out the answers that work for you.” 
 
I think about these 20-year-old lifeguards that I’ve become friendly with who are just starting.  I remember how I was when I was there age.  I think about this young man on the career panel whose story really spoke to me.  I look at the now and my supposed ‘career path.’  I’ve come to know that most of the time, I did not know.  I do not know.  I just learn as I go.  I am just “HUM”-ing as best as I can—staying true to me with HUM-ility and HUM-bleness in a world where seeming to know everything and everyone is the way to go.    It appears to be much easier to show off our public successes than our private struggles in this day in age. 
 
In life, it is very important to hold on to ‘HUMS'= Humility and Humble.  It takes great strength to be humble and show humility.  To admit and be honest about your weaknesses and truths to ourselves and to the world and particularly those that we love the most takes a certain kind of character.   Are you about showing your successes rather than your struggles?  Have you always known what you want to do with your life?  How were your perfectly plotted plans in life ever bulldozed?  Do you know any know-it-alls?  Are you HUM-ing? 

Keep smilin’ until we meet again,

Mary ;-)

5 Comments to HUMS:

Comments RSS
Anonymous on Monday, May 21, 2018 2:52 AM
Nice
Reply to comment


rushmyessays.org service on Friday, May 25, 2018 5:56 AM
I also like the swimming and need professional help in this. As I'm scared of water and never trying swimming in my whole life. I think that would be fun and going to join the country swimming club.
Reply to comment


free robux on Thursday, June 21, 2018 12:23 AM
Hey friends if you want more and more robux for free online then must try my link to get lots of robux for free
Reply to comment


assignment labs on Friday, July 27, 2018 6:11 AM
Such information given to the reader is a high-quality way of conversation. The writers offer us with all of the essay writing content material at the same time as sitting inside the house. This manner communication is likewise accomplished exactly and efficiently.
Reply to comment


loemrntdherid1 on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 11:24 PM
I am glad to trap concept from your article. It has information I have been in search of an extended time.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint