Monday, August 24, 2020
Dear ECHS Cross Country,
We officially completed week one of the 2020 - 2021 academic year. Congratulations. Our new learning experiences this year are without a doubt going to be opportunities for all of us to acquire strength and grow wiser.
One of the many things you will learn about me as you get to know me better is I am really big on firsts. Firsts have the power to shape who you are and you have the power to shape firsts. With that said, as we continue to experience new firsts this year, both in the classroom and with sports, I want to encourage you to reflect on who you are and who you want to be.
Although first experiences with things, such as participating in a fall sport over the winter, may not turn out how we expected, the overpowering beauty of first experiences is that you have the opportunity to construct yourself in any way you want in the situation. First experiences are essentially fresh starts.
It does not matter who you were last year or who you are in different contexts. In these new contexts, you have the opportunity to become the better version of yourself that you aspire to be, or, in the language of John Wooden’s pyramid of success, you have the opportunity to achieve greatness or your personal best.
And that all starts with the being of who you are, not a list of running benchmarks to surpass or achievements to cross off. Every box on Wooden’s pyramid requires a certain way of being. So my questions for you are, do you like who you are? And how are you going to use your new firsts this year to transform yourself into the better version of the person you aspire to be?
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” John Wooden