Starting a New Adventure

“All glory comes from daring to begin”
-Eugene F Ware

This quote was texted to me by my coach Aubrey Nolan the morning of my Ironman triathlon. I was nervous in the elevator heading down to breakfast when it pinged in and popped up on my phone. It was exactly what I needed at that moment.

I finished that race and had one of the most memorable days in my life.

I was able to finish because of the training, coaching, and community I joined when I dared to become a triathlete and then an Ironman triathlete.

I’m now joining a different community, but the training, effort, days spent working hard, learning, and the community of learners I am joining seem very similar in a way. I’m looking toward a goal, of getting my Masters Degree in Educational Technology but I know it’s the days of learning and training hard that are going to get me to that goal.

And I’m nervous. Can I do school again? Will I give up at some point? Can I do it?  And most of all, what will people think of me if I fail? Those are the things that constantly go through my mind when I start something. I’ve started and finished many huge things. But I’ve also started and quit quite a few.

My program is online, so the students and teachers are just images and text. But I’ve been a part of some thriving online communities before and I’m hoping to find educators and learners willing to play and learn together to make our learning truly transformational.

This is just a beginning. A first post in my Learning Log for my first course. The glory of walking that stage seems a long way off, but it will come.

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