Still Don’t Know What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up

A rough day in the classroom, the stress of too many obligations, and the realization that teaching may or may not be a forever gig for me are keeping me up tonight.

Y’all didn’t subscribe to hear me whine and moan, so instead, let me just say that it is irresponsible for us to ask high schoolers (and younger!) what they want to be when they grow up. I will hit 31 years old this coming June and I am no closer to figuring that out than I was in college.

I never really imagined teaching is where I’d end up. But I also don’t think that it’s as forever as I thought it might be. I did go searching for jobs, to the point where I interviewed (only a few people know the specifics) but it was certainly not a teaching job.

I have never liked thinking about the future. It scares the hell out of me. And when you combine that with the realization that you’re hair is starting to fall out and you don’t see a long-term career where you currently are? That’s nerve-wracking.

Say a prayer, if you can. Maybe the Powers That Be will take the wheel.

Remembering The Best Of Humanity

Seventeen years ago today, a group of men with evil intentions hijacked four planes and destroyed the World Trade Center, a section of the Pentagon, and would have hit the White House had it not been for a group of brave citizens.

It was a time of immense sadness for our nation, and one of the few moments that has ever unified the country in any meaningful sense. We mourned the loss of our fellow Americans and sought vengeance against the perpetrators. However, amid all the sadness comes one truth that we all-to-often overlook: Out of the ashes of 9/11 came the absolute best humanity had to offer.

In a moment of pure, undeniable terror and confusion, brave first responders ran into a smoking, burning, and eventually collapsed building to rescue total strangers. They could have turned and run alongside their fellow man, but they didn’t. They ran headfirst into a scenario they could never have imagined. And some of them gave their lives for it.

That’s why it’s important to remember not just the sadness of the day. We don’t just need to feel anger at our enemies. We need to feel a sense of pride that our nation rose to the challenge and unified, however briefly, to stand for our own and against a common enemy.

In times like the present, when division and anger are at an all-time high, it’s important for us to remember that there is good within us that we can achieve. There is a purpose, a sense of right and honor, that pushes many of us forward daily.

It may not be the kind of good that causes you to run into a burning, smoking, or collapsed building and risk your life, but it is the kind of good that allows you to overcome evil on a daily basis. That is something we are called to be, and it is something we should strive to achieve.

If it is only for a moment today, remember the good in humanity. Remember what we and you are capable of. That is how we continue to win and show we are better than our enemies.

Honor the fallen, and strive to be the best humanity has to offer.

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Hey, readers. I’m back.

I don’t really have an excuse for not posting here for a while, other than I just couldn’t find the time. I think I’m gonna make some time now.

Since I’ve been gone, though, some changes:

  1. I’m a basketball coach now, which means even longer days at school.
  2. I have a smoker and I am learning to cook things on it.
  3. I’m about to launch a new podcast. More details on that later.

That’s just some of what’s coming my way. Thanks to all the folks who have been signing up to read the emails. You’ll be hearing more from me soon.

Once again, it’s not the affair. It’s the cover-up.

Over in Alabama, Robert Bentley has resigned the office of governor. Why? Misdemeanor charges he was arrested and booked for earlier.

Of course, that’s not the real reason for all the drama…

The “misdemeanor finance charges” are part of a larger sex scandal in which Bentley was caught in an affair with a top staffer and used his power to intimidate others into silence.


Marvel’s “Iron Fist”

Put up a review of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix over at RedState. Here’s an excerpt:

Now, despite the show as a whole leaving me underwhelmed, I am extremely excited at the prospect of The Defenders, which is Marvel’s next big project to be released. Rand will appear alongside Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil to fight for the people of New York. Rand can’t possibly screw that one up too much.

You can read more here.