Weekly Journal: #21 Just Walk Cool

Some of my current plans are too ambitious for me to want to write about right now. I didn’t write or implement last week’s plans. Actually, I’ll rename them from projections now, so now the numbers are aligned… I thought they were two numbers off, but maybe not. Maybe I’ll write about these current circumstances after the dust settles. For now, I’ll just cover the facts.

I was out sick late last week. Snow hit us heavy Sunday evening. I went back in for a few reasons: pushing through sickness, submitting my hours, taking snow photographs, and general challenge. To allow something like snowfall to prevent you from getting out there and getting what you want, while is a convenient excuse, is still that.

Tuesday’s ice was more of a challenge than Monday’s snow.

What is normally a twenty minute walk turned into over one hour. At one point, carefully walking over ice and snow after falling and hurting quite a bit for a minute, I had this encounter:

“Top of the mornin’ to ya!”
“…How are you walking through all of this ice?!”
“Walk cool.”

I’ve never walked on snow or ice before, so of course I was going slowly and methodically, as I do with any new task. Especially after the beginner’s bubble burst, a couple sudden shifts, and that fall, I went from perhaps an average or OK pace to slow and steady. I made it. Then here’s this individual, walking as though there was no ice or snow, almost like when someone of a higher rank than you shows you some really cool tricks nonchalantly. All you do is just take notes, absorb as much as you can, then figure out how you can emulate that before knowing that.

Some other highlights from the week:

Stood up for myself about going back into the old building that was making me sick. Peer pressure will often come in the form of “it’s not so bad” and “it’ll only be for a little bit.” I already made my intentions clear, and I was happy that they stuck.

At one contract, I had some downtime between the end of the project work and the end of the contract, so I was tasked with organizing storage closets. For this contract, it was filling in a storage room with spare equipment. I went at it with the mindset of “if I was a tech that needed something, where would I go?” Computers and laptops for projects or builds in the back. Bigger items, including monitors and their cables, along the side. Often needed peripherals up front.  “Good work upstairs.”

Since I’ve been working toward more lately, I haven’t been strictly a break/fix computer repair technician in a while, grabbing tickets then fixing weird issues, so it was nice to downshift to that again, temporarily, if only to remind me of my bigger aspirations.

Repairing a “blue screen issue” that normally intimidates others was a nice victory.

Just walk through it cooly.


Author: Zombiepaper (Anthony)

My big goal is to write. My important goal is to write "The Story." My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame a fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. Let's strive to be better everyday. (Avatar)

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