“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
I’m not sure anyone noticed, but I’ve been out of the office for three weeks dealing with some health issues. I returned to The Meteor offices on Monday and am feeling stronger than ever, and ready to bring my A game.
I hadn’t planned to spend the better part of September in a Houston hospital, but sometimes in this culture we work too hard, eat too much fast food, can’t make time for exercise and just plain forget to get those coveted eight hours of sleep. I had to spend some time focusing on self-care, and I learned to let go of the daily routine I’ve grown so accustomed to.
I had to trust that my boss Gary and co-worker Melanie would be able to produce a few newspapers without me (which they did). I had to learn how to not be a control freak and acknowledge that the show can and will go on without me. It was difficult for me to embrace this type of change, but I’m glad I did.
During my absence, our publisher also hired a new sportswriter, who will start work later this week. This has been in the works for a while, and I support this particular change. It will free me up to cover more stories, meetings and events, while allowing someone who actually has a background and some formal training in sportswriting to handle the sports.
I think it’s quite a miracle that I’ve been able to build a career doing what I love to do – interviewing people and sharing their stories. It was kind of a fluke that I was hired to do sports, and while I have enjoyed it, I’m not sure it suits my strengths. I was fortunate to work with many good local coaches who were willing to work with me and speak slowly when forced to use big words I didn’t understand.
The Friday night lights and the game-winning touchdown pass still excite me – I have to contain myself from cheering for the Mustangs on the sidelines – but I’ll be honest. I had to phone a friend when a coach first used the term “jet sweep” in an interview.
My one-year anniversary at The Meteor was Labor Day weekend, and this place already feels like home. I look forward to seeing what the next year brings, and hope that your hometown newspaper will remain a go-to source for news, features and, of course, high school sports.
April Towery is the editor of The Meteor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.