Ropes to the Other Side
I recently described my internship as “not so much a push outside of my comfort zone but more of a drop kick off a cliff” and I don’t think I could have come up with a moreÂ accurateÂ statement. Â (By the way the reply was, “The internship is doing what an internship should do!”) Â I am equal parts scared, excited and overwhelmed every single day. Â Being a naturally quiet person, everyday is a new lesson. Â I’m learning how to be outgoing, how to introduce myself, and how to be present in a conversation.
The other day I learned about teamwork as I watched the cadets race cadre (instructors) in building a one-rope bridge to cross the river. Â The team had to work together to tie the proper knots, support each other as they made their way across, all the way to the very end when all of their teammates made it to the other side. Â In order to have success some must be willing to follow instead of lead â€” a team full of leaders rarely accomplishes a task well. Â The cadre won the first race, working together to stay well ahead of their 3 cadet opponent teams. Â Some cadet teams worked together, but fell apart when a weaker member of the team struggled.
The second race across the river was just between the winning cadet team and the cadre team. Â With a head start, the cadets started off strong and were able to continue working as a team to keep up with the cadres. Â When a weaker member of the cadet team was crossing the rope, a teammate used his own body as a base for her to push off of so she could reach the other side. Â There is a quote that goes something like, “You are as strong as your weakest link” Â Even though they still lost to the cadres, by supporting each other, instead of working against themselves, the cadets gained something more than bragging rights.
Life is full of choices, hardly any of them are easy. Â We choose who we hang out with, we choose how to talk, we choose where we want to go, we choose what we want for our lives. Â Sometimes we lose track of the choices, and other people will convince you that what they want is what you want too. Â We have to learn how to stand up for ourselves, and we can only do that if we are surrounded by the right team.
Finally, I have done my first vlog!!! And you can watch it HEREÂ yay!