Fleeing the Cube

30 Nov

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(The Fellows)

It’s been almost exactly one year since I decided to change my life. I would have never imagined that I’d escape my miserable windowless cube in a box and find myself living in the mountains working with at-risk youth at Eagle Rock School in Estes Park, CO.

But life rarely follows any predetermined plan, and through a series of fortunate events and intentional conversations, a friend led me to a contact who suggested that I apply to Eagle Rock. I never thought I would be accepted amongst the hundreds of incredibly qualified applicants they receive every year, but again, life is full of surprises. Within a few months, I transitioned from my position as a Logistics Management Specialist working for the Navy base to working as the Health and Wellness Fellow at Eagle Rock.

I had no idea of what to expect when I came here. Honestly, I wasn’t even completely clear on what would be expected of  the Health and Wellness Fellow, but just over 2 months in, I’ve fallen completely in love with the students. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever felt that my own past is an asset and not a liability. Because of all that seemed to be broken, I’m in a position where I am better able to understand where my students are coming from. I can relate to them in ways I would never have been able to without having to work through the heartache.

Additionally, I live with 11 other amazing humans who, in spite of our incredibly different backgrounds, have all come to this one place to carry out the work of building an intentional community of open compassionate support while working to “engage the disengaged” students who fell through the cracks in conventional school systems.

I left behind my life of miserable comfort and stability in order to be able to dive into a life of which I can be proud. At this point, I can honestly say that I’m excited about life and all of the possible opportunities that have become accessible simply because I let go of my fear of the unknown. The students here show me every day why I made the decision to come to Eagle Rock. As the year progresses, I hope to be a positive influence and a stable support for them. Undoubtedly, my life will be forever changed by the experiences I have here.

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3 Responses to “Fleeing the Cube”

  1. Dara December 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Great post! Love this: “This is the first time in my life I’ve ever felt that my own past is an asset and not a liability.” It’s funny how quickly Public Allies shows how you’re a leader because of your background, not in spite of it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Haiku Kwon December 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

      Thanks for your response, Dara! It’s true- I would have never thought I’d be in this position a year ago. Pretty amazing. 🙂

  2. iCheckOther December 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    Phenom story telling! Keep rockin’ out at Eagle Rock.

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