Happy Hump Day, everyone! I don’t usually have so much spunk on a Wednesday, but I am feeling good 🙂 So I’m just gonna gratefully accept it and run with this.
65 minutes on the elliptical (5 minute cool-down included) doing 45-seconds-hard/1:15-rest intervals of varying intensities depending on how beat I felt during each one. My quads and hamstrings were (and still are) definitely on fire from yesterday’s squats and lunges (I suppose not doing any for 3-4 weeks will have that effect on a person), but it ended up feeling like a pretty good workout all in all 🙂
After threatening to shank Boyfriend if he didn’t get his butt home lickety-split for lunch, he and I sat down to a lovely meal. That’s a lie. It was a tasty meal, but fast and sloppy. We had leftover chicken sandwiches and random veggies with hummus and pretzels that I woofed down so quickly I didn’t think to take a picture of it until now… Ah, well, it wasn’t anything special to look at – besides, I likely would’ve eaten my own hand or the camera for getting in between my face and the plate.
While getting my daily dose of morning talk-show tv…
I found myself very intrigued by a topic of discussion on Kathie Lee and Hoda.
They were discussing the irony in how people who excelled in school are finding themselves at a great disadvantage in the workforce due to their lack of skills and experience with improvisation/thinking on their feet and influencing or challenging authority. Those exemplary students learned to follow the rules and how to cater to their teachers and other authority figures, and they were rewarded for this behavior with high grades and honors and praise. Women, especially are prone to this because they’re not only taught to behave like this in school, but in society in general. As a result, when it comes to ingenuity, creativity, pushing the envelope, confidently asserting yourself and taking what you deserve (without it being offered to you), those stellar students are at a huge loss because they aren’t of much value in the workplace.
This struck home for me because I was one of those stellar students. Teachers loved me, I knew exactly how they wanted me to write my papers, I never procrastinated and therefore was always prepared for tests and projects and presentations, and I was praised for this behavior. However, I didn’t graduate college and seize a successful career. I floundered around among admin positions (not knowing what the heck I wanted to “do”) and eventually, in a very round-about manner, found myself dabbling in this “healthy lifestyle field” and pursuing yoga teacher training (not at all what my teachers or mentors would’ve guessed for me, I’m sure!)
In fact, many of my high school peers who weren’t in the weighted AP classes and weren’t considered “good students” seem to have found a career path very suiting for themselves in which they’re very successful! My husband is actually, a great example of this. Granted, he’s very intelligent and did take the AP classes in high school, but he never bothered much with homework or following the rules or pleasing teachers. He cut corners regularly and only did the work he thought was worthwhile. He may have irked a great many of his teachers, but as a result, he’s extremely efficient at his job, he isn’t afraid to challenge his supervisors and push his ideas forward, and he’s very highly regarded at his job for these traits.
Things that make ya go “Hmmm…”
– Can anyone else identify with my experience transitioning from school to the real world?
– Do you watch any morning tv talk-shows? (Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, mostly just him, along with Kathie Lee and Hoda are my favorites! I definitely love to hate them and constantly rip on them in my head, but overall I find myself pretty entertained throughout those shows…)