Tonight I played a game of Mario Cart with my son on his new Nintendo Switch. He gave me a quick explanation of the remote and some new features of this latest version of the game and the race was on. I selected my ride, my wheels, and my paraglider, held down the power button, and we were off! As I dodged banana peels and earned power ups while twisting and turning through Mario's world, I couldn't help but think of the adventures I'm on right now in real life.
Sometimes I feel like I'm going mock 10 through unknown lands making quick and sudden adjustments left, right, left, reacting to the crazy curves that come my way. There are games when I navigate those turns with precision and come out of the turn gaining a power up or coin, and other games I fall off a cliff, slip on a banana peel, or run into an angry mushroom. At times I spin out of control or get splatted with ink, and other times I fly gracefully over a canyon and collide into a magic box that launches me far further than I would have landed on my own.
This adventurous life has moments of victory and defeat, but we have to keep getting back in the game. Yesterday was a paragliding day, today I spun on banana peels and got splatted with ink. It's easy to get discouraged on these banana peel days and allow myself to keep spinning. However, if I straighten out and get back on the track, usually there is a power up around the next bend that will get me back in the race. I have to remember why I do what I do and keep my focus on the things that matter. I may not finish on the podium, but if I am crushing my goals and improving my personal best, I consider it a WIN!
Tech Integration Specialist in Southern Oregon and author of Make Learning Magical. I'm passionate about finding innovative ways to transform teaching and create unforgettable experiences in the classroom.