Today's pleasant surprise came in the form of a phone call. I was in the kitchen considering my dinner options while giving myself a pre-back-to-live-teaching pep talk.
You got this, no one knew what we were going to do a year ago and we figured that out. Then in the summer, the virtual teaching was a hurdle, yes, but we got that too. And even though tomorrow and this week are bound to be chaotic and perhaps a little messy, in the end, I will get that too.
The ringing phone snapped me out of my head and I smiled as I took note of the caller.
It was my old buddy from my first days of adult life in DC, Mary. We had worked at the Smithsonian together when we both found our way to boring office jobs after college. We became fast friends and had plenty of fun on very little money. We bonded over our lack of money and unclear future.
It was Mary who helped me realize that education may be the career for me. It turns out law was the career for her. So even though we didn't work together for more than 3 or 4 years we never let that get in the way of our longstanding friendship.
Mary's call seemed like a sign. She was always the one who helped me see that everything would work out when I wasn't feeling overly confident. So tomorrow, I'll head into work and think of Mary and her smiling face- for she would definitely say, "You've got this, Mar."