I’ve been tagged by Aaron over on The Colorful Journey!
Quick: What were you doing Ten, Twenty, Thirty years ago?
10 years ago: Pretty much what I’m doing now, apart from marriage and seminary (OK I guess there have been some changes, LOL!) 10 years ago I was just returning from a trip to England, was living in my former house and running a computer training business out of an in-home office and directing the church’s music program which included playing in the praise band. And traveling to Moody Blues concerts with my “Moody Buddies” whenever I could get away.
20 years ago: I was attending St. Stephen’s (the church I’m still a member of) every Sunday back then. 1987 was a difficult year between being nearly unemployed and having other personal issues to deal with. I was so glad to have my Bible study group and church family surrounding me with prayer and a pastor who kept telling me “Jesus loves you” over and over till it finally sunk in.
I knew I was born to teach but three years of teaching music in the Catholic schools had shown me I wasn’t in the right place yet. I signed up for the church’s job-seekers class (“Priority Two”) using the textbook Finding a Job You can Love. It took a year to finish the course and by the end I knew I was going to have to create the job of my dreams because it didn’t yet exist. With help from the Priority Two team and the church family, by the fall of 1989 we had designed and launched the town’s first non-franchised computer training business. It was profitable within a month and still exists today.
30 years ago: 30 years ago mid-October would have been my sophomore year in college, right around mid-terms. I was majoring in music education at Duquesne University, and sophomore year in the music school was the year they divided the “men from the boys” so to speak. It was a close shave but I made it. And I enjoyed it tremendously… first apartment, all-nighters with 5AM breakfasts at Eat n Park, making frisbees out of solidified Cream of Wheat, getting student tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony for only $3 each… ah, those were the days!