This series, Three Peaks and a Valley refers to three positive moments and one negative moment that happens during a twenty-four hour period of my life. When I’m feeling down, my mom tells me to remember one positive and one negative thing about the experience: a peak and a valley.
Three Peaks and a Valley aims to outweigh the negative with the positive.
Three Peaks and a Valley is a regular miniseries that, by sharing my own moments of joy and vulnerability I hope that you’ll think about your own.
PEAK: I met a new class of 10 or 11 students that I connected immediately with today working at Upward Bound. Sometimes it can be hard to warm up to a new group, especially teenagers, but everyone opened up and shared about themselves right away. One girl rapped some lyrics she wrote and another boy sang a song that meant a lot to him. It was so powerful to feel invited into that space.
PEAK: I had time to kill at the UMass campus waiting for a co-worker to show up so I sat on these big stone steps on top of the campus center for a while, having a random conversation with a friend in the sun. I don’t remember what the conversation was about, but I remember thinking how nice it was to sit on the steps in the sun without having any work to do at that moment. It was nice.
PEAK: On my late drive home, the weather was crazy. It cycled through dense fog, an onslaught of rain, and a cloudless night of stars. I liked it. I listened to an NPR book talk on the radio about speculative science fiction authors. I rolled all the windows down. It was great.
VALLEY: I caught my foot just right walking across the UMass campus and took a tumble in front of quite a few people. Everyone saw. I was embarrassed. My ankle throbbed for a while.
As always, share your peaks and valleys with me in the comment section below!