I have always been afraid to fail. I have always wanted to impress people. Failure was huge for me. So much that I wouldn’t even try.
I guess my motto of “do what scares you” really started when I met a friend who is an ultra-runner. She ran trails and did 50Ks and 50 milers. She was an incredible inspiration to me. I was always amazed at what she could get her body to do. She was getting ready to move and I had run my first marathon and my first trail race months before when she encouraged me to run a 50K ultra she was organizing from her house on base. It was going be small, just several of her ultra friends getting together to 'party' and run.
This exam had algebra and junior high grammar rules. I won’t age myself by saying how long it has been since I had done these things, but let’s just say it’s been a long time. So, I spent the entire summer studying by the pool while the kids played. The day of the exam I was nervous, but I just knew this was the right path. Let me just say I bombed it. I mean I failed 2 out of 4 of the exams. It was devastating. I couldn’t understand how I had failed this badly after missing out on fun memories with my kids and studying so hard. That failure was hard! I had a few pity party days and then decided I needed a new plan. It turns out, that failure was the best thing for me. Because of that failure I found my way to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and have never been happier.