So, agreeing to go on a road trip with 8 kids and 3 teachers, across California, Nevada and Utah was not in the schedule. However, we had promised that if they had good attendance at judo, kept their grades up and stayed out of trouble, there would be a trip for them at the end of the year.
I can't claim to know everything that defines a good person but I know damn well that one thing is you always keep your promises.
One way in which I have found kids to always be good for me, both my own children and those I have coached or taught, is they pull me away from my desk.
|"Sensei made us go out in nature"
Sensei made us go in nature.
I believe they really did enjoy it.
If it wasn't for them, I would have stayed home working. Yes, now I'm a few days behind schedule and working 16 hour days. Yes, the trip cost more than was donated so I have to figure once again how to balance the budget when we are spending money to build really cool games that aren't out yet, but the cost for the developers, audio and art is still coming in.
On the other hand, I wouldn't have gone hiking in the mountains.
I wouldn't have been able to stand on this hill and look out at the northern rim of the Grand Canyon.
I wouldn't have driven to Salt Lake City to teach judo and met up with Dawn, who has been my friend since we were teenagers.
I wouldn't have gone to the rodeo.
I definitely wouldn't have gotten my picture taken with Miss Rodeo Utah. (At this point, you might think I'm going to make fun of beauty queens, but actually, she was a sweetheart and could ride a horse like nobody's business.)
|Actually, for most of of these guys, it IS their first rodeo
I would never have gone to see BMX - which was crazy amazing - if I hadn't been with these kids.
So, when you find yourself saying, "I don't have time or money to be doing this" ask yourself, really, what do I want time and money FOR?
Speaking of kids, by the way, my own kids are amazing, but that is another post all by itself.
|When you didn't have time for breakfast and your daughter brings you doughnuts
The game I was working on before the trip, Making Camp Bilingual - is now in the app store and you can play it on any web browser. Get if for $1.99 Quit saying you are "Going to learn Spanish" or "Get better at math" or "Learn about history". Do all 3 at once.