Oh the mistakes I made, by the way, none of those mistakes were related to the class material. I was a little sick last week. It was nothing big, but it made it difficult for me to sleep and by Saturday I was completely exhausted.
I was walking around like a zombie, and even fell asleep in the middle of a busy, noisy arcade that my husband and I took our son too. On Sunday I was better, and because we had the long weekend I had a whole extra day to catch up on sleep and get back to feeling normal, and I did. It was also the day before MakerSquare so I was excited and nervous. To top it off, one of my not-so-nice extended relatives pulled a stunt on Sunday that I was having trouble not worrying about.
I got very little done on Sunday with regard to MakerSquare preparation, and so all of Monday was dedicated to that cause. I completely forgot that I had been sick and exhausted only two days before. Funny how that happens… I just assumed I was all better, and maybe I mostly was.
So the night before MakerSquare I tried to go to bed early but I was far too anxious. I made it by 11pm. My alarm was set for 5 am. I tossed and turned and finally woke up at 4:30am. I couldn’t get back to sleep so I got up. My day was exciting. I rode the train for the first time into Austin.
The train drops off about a half mile from MakerSquare headquarters. I power walked all the way there. I didn’t want to be late for the 8AM breakfast (I had 40 minutes to make a 10 minute walk. I was not going to be late).
Long story short: by about 10 am my nerves were frazzled and I was exhausted, and I had most of the day to go. I have been through many first day situations. There are always lots of names to learn, lots of new things. It’s usually one of my favorite days of the school year, but today I found myself needing fresh air and a walk early on. I managed it. The walk, and some of the techniques I learned in yoga teacher training paid off.
I was fine for most of the rest of the day, but by 5pm I started getting frazzled again. I didn’t realize it until it was 10 till 6 and I decided I needed to immediately head for the train station, to make it to the 6:30pm train (why?). I took a turn too quickly and my feet went one way while my body went the other. I found myself skidding to the ground on some very decorative paving stones in the middle of downtown Austin. One of my classmates was nearby and came to check on me.
I tried to explain what happened.
I said something like “I put my feet before my body.” I was exhausted and not thinking clearly. I got up quickly and continued my jog. I got to the train stop a full 30 minutes early and sat there trying to figure out the reason for the urgency. I was thinking through my day. When had I been frustrated?
Not once. The coding was relatively easy. We learned how to work with git hub, set up a development environment on my computer, and started working through a bunch of easy html exercises.
None of it was challenging to me. I had been so excited I forgot about being sick, and needing more time to recuperate. I failed to get enough sleep, and let myself get way to excited for far too long. I know plenty of meditation and yoga techniques. I could have managed all of these things better than I did.
So I went home climbed into a hot tub, ate dinner, and climbed into bed at 9:30 pm. I let myself sleep in until 6:30am. I brought extra music along in case I need extra “chill” time. Ironically, in all my preparations for yesterday, I failed to consider several crucial needs of my own, and I do know better.
I am ready for a day where my frustration comes in the form of code rather than exhaustion. I’m ready, more importantly I’m well rested and got all my first-day jitters out.
Woo hoo! Here’s to Day 2.