Today is the third day of the #5days5words blogging challenge, and today’s word is not a new one for me, but I’m considering it from a different perspective: change.
As many of you know, I love to discuss my parking habits, but there’s another thing about driving that I have not shared here before: I have been driving the same car for the past 17 years. I love my little Honda Civic. I bought it before my first year of teaching, and it’s been my first and only car for my entire teaching career thus far. This car has travelled with me to seven schools, from Ancaster to Stoney Creek, and through countless grade changes: from Kindergarten to Grade 6. When I taught full-day, alternate day Kindergarten at two schools in Stoney Creek, this car was my third classroom. I jokingly had a “tenant in the trunk” with all of the materials that I brought back and forth between the two schools. And even through 17 years of driving — with less than 183,000 km on it — this car is still going strong. But today, I bought a new car: a Honda HRV.
Shopping for a new car has had me thinking a lot about change.
- Never before have I had a back-up camera. How will this change my parking experiences?
- I’m used to the size of my little Civic. How will a change in height and size — particularly the front versus rear end — impact on my driving and parking experiences?
- The radio now exists on a screen. How do I program stations for my listening pleasure? (I love to blast my radio each day.)
- They make cars now without keys. What?!?! I think the Honda employee enjoyed my reaction to this news. There comes a limit to what everyone is willing to change, and for me, the lack of a key is that limit. I will stick with a model that requires a key. 🙂
I share this story here, for when it comes to my professional life, I’m someone that embraces change. It may scare me, but I still go for it. But this car shopping experience reminds me we may all have areas where change terrifies us enough that we stick with the familiar. We choose safe. I did this with my car, and right now, I’m trying hard not to throw up as I think about this next big change. This year though — starting today — I’m taking a different kind of risk. Yes, it worries me. Yes, I wonder if I will love and feel the same comfort with this new vehicle as I had with my first one. Sometimes though, a change — as hard as it may be — is worth it. In what areas are you more reluctant to change, and how can you make a change in one of these areas this year? I hope that I’m not alone in doing so. Just be prepared that my #avivaarriva tweets are about to take on a whole new level of fun beginning in September. I wonder if I can incorporate my “driving change” into my Annual Learning Plan for this year. 🙂 There’s no doubt that I have a lot of new learning ahead.