On Wednesday, City Year held its Opening Day for the FY19. I am so honored and excited to be a part of this outstanding organization, and wanted to take a moment to reflect on a ceremony we had before the event.
This ceremony was called the Bomber [Jacket] Dedication. In this ceremony, we were able to specify a person or persons we wanted to dedicate our service year to.
After we decided who we would be choosing, we spoke out about who we chose and why.
I chose to dedicate my Bomber to the students whose first language is not English, because I have seen the barriers they face in high school, and I truly believe that language should not be a barrier in receiving a comprehensive, challenging, and fulfilling education.
I look forward to this year of service, and am inspired everyday by my teammates and the students we serve.
Today I was writing in my journal about my anxieties- you know, the usual. I was writing about how I’m nervous for City Year, for living in a new city, for meeting new people…. but as I wrote more and more, I realized that my anxieties were surrounded by things that haven’t even happened yet.
I was spending so much time focusing on my fears that I was missing the amazingness that is San Antonio and my new home and being alone.
And so, I decided that my motto for the next 11 months (my City Year term length), I will be focusing on the phrase “breathe & be.”
Breathe & be.
To me, this phrase means taking in my surroundings and being truly present with them. Feeling the paper I’m writing on. Tasting the fresh berries I’m enjoying. Soaking in the rays of sun beating on my shoulders. Listening fully to the person in front of me.
Writing about what I’ll do after City Year made me realize that I haven’t even begun to think of the possibilities I will encounter during City Year.
It’s time to refocus. These next 11 months will be about the present. When it is time to worry about the future, I will change gears. But for now, I’m going to do my best to enjoy the city and its people and all they have to offer me.
Breathe & be. Breathe & be. Breathe & be.