Jan 20, 2017

Lessons Learned Part 3

We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. This is my selfish account of what I learned and where the kernels of adaptation come from in my life. 

Twirling is the most fun
An emerging consortium of people who worked on digital initiatives and technology modernization efforts during President Obama's administration are organizing a group called Digital44. They threw a big party to kickoff this week. At this party my colleague Olivier Kamanda generously took my hand and twirled me around the dance floor for a few songs. I forgot how fun it is to dance like this! He brought me so much joy in those moments.

Fear isn't all bad
I've been going through the background checks, home inspections, and training required to become a foster parent (or resource parent as they're now called) since the summer of 2015. Now, the placement team has started calling. My instinct is to throw the ringing phone away from me because it's so scary to imagine how I'll shape myself around the best interests of a kid I don't know today. But, I keep answering the phone instead of throwing it. I haven't accepted a placement yet, but it's only a matter of time now.

Optimism is the way to go
It's up to us to establish equality and justice and because that is so, we are required to have the optimism that we can do it. This seems to be Obama's main parting message, and I dig it.

Speak Up
I don't like to indulge in personal attack politics but am avid about my knowledge of policy making. I will say as a woman it's been refreshing to work for a feminist, and I do believe in the idea that we all must continue the trajectory of equality for women (among many others). And so in spite of my dislike for crowds, I have made a poster and I will participate in the protest march this Saturday.

Previous Lessons Learned
Part 2
Part 1

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