Sunday morning, my wife and I headed downtown to participate in the 2011 Vancouver Sun Run. In excess of 50,000 people converged on the area of Burrard and Georgia and proceeded to tour this beautiful city on a 10 km run. The competitor in me at times got frustrated, since I was unable to break free of the crowds and thus couldn't come close to a personal best or my goal time for the run. At the finish line, I asked myself why I come to these events, since I could run 10 km at home, free of the people and get a better work out and post a better time. I answered the question quite quickly. It is because, again, I am sharing the experience with others. I ran into several other people whom I knew, one I had met only the day before at Edcamp Vancouver. @remi_collins and I introduced ourselves to each other at the conference, since we had followed each other on Twitter and read each others blogs. Remi also wrote a blog about the Sun Run. I saw a few others I knew in the crowds, and when my wife completed the run, I gave her a hug, and mentioned how proud I was of her, and that she seemed proud of herself. Again, the best part of the event is sharing the experience, seeing others enjoying and being proud of themselves and their family members. My goal time, once I thought about it this way, seemed inconsequential."Necessary Disruption (part 3)". Students could stay at home and credential and even learn much of what they need to know to graduate. But, if given a choice to come to school or not, the vast majority of children would come. Why? Because school is the ultimate shared experience. We have all done it, and we all have opinions about its benefits, drawbacks and how it can/should be done differently. With all of the call for reform, much of which I agree with, we do need to keep one thing in mind.... School is an incredibly important shared experience, and being human, shared experience is something we enjoy, want and NEED.
All in all, a great weekend that will only be improved when the Canucks win Game #3! Go Canucks, go!!!