Waking up at 6AM today to the sounds of activity in the Samuelson household, I decided to go get some coffee for the adults. This is the routine many days on the weekend or summer for me. I go get a coffee, do some morning work tweeting from one of my five Scoop.it pages, working on a podcast, or cruising for blogs to read. This is pretty much how I roll to stay on top of things. I never feel like I have ever caught up, and I probably never will. Driving back with my daughters in the car I was magically transported to exactly ten years ago today.....to a much simpler time in my life....by just a song on the radio.
Ten years ago.... July 4, 2003....
I was in Island Park, Idaho visiting my in-laws. (not a very exciting way to start, I know) A 32 year old, boy with some tech skills was goofing around canoeing with the family. It was a very beautiful, calm day. Not being one for calm, I broke into song. Come Away With Me fit the mood of the moment. Pretty soon we were all singing and paddling down the stream. It was a classic moment. @marniemoose and I had no kids. We were on the verge of moving to Alaska, a place we had never been. We just had to worry about ourselves. What a peaceful time.....and Norah sang a sweet tune. We were about to pick up and move away from all our friends to a place where we knew no one....unsure of what the journey would bring.
Ten years later..... July 4, 2013......
As I drove with my two daughters and heard Norah, I thought about all this. This is what makes music great, it can take you back to a particular place and time. A time before my two daughters....my two sons. Just a couple newlyweds ready to leave their lives behind and embark on a journey. I'm not sure we knew why we were moving to Alaska, we were just doing it because we could. The theme of #ISTE13 seemed to be failure. Don't be afraid to fail, don't be afraid to take risks. A lot of people say it, but I think more of us need to listen to Adam Bellow and embrace it. I can safely say that I have.
But ten years ago....I was just the same dorky "Artist Yet To Be Named" @ipadsammy paddling down the stream....getting everyone to sing Norah Jones....a beautiful song then, and still beautiful ten years later.
I invite you to Share Adam's Keynote from the link below. Tweet it to Arne Duncan, your principal, a colleague, someone. Embrace the message. This page was shared with me by Dan Rezac. Well done, my friend.