So many worlds
So much to do
So little done
Such things to be.
…Alfred Lord Tennyson
This quotation, perhaps a little out of context of how Tennyson intended it, is how
I choose to begin my farewell column on the occasion of my retirement. (I will still
be a part-time teacher). But, this final column is not about me – it’s about you.
As you, or we, gaze into 2023, and use Tennyson’s words as our guide, let’s consider
what might be.
So many worlds. Life is exciting and 2023 might be a great time to start the degree program that
has long intrigued you (Tech offers tuition reimbursement), or start a new hobby,
or decide to read a different book each month of the year, or volunteer at a favorite
charity, or even go to visit residents of a nursing home (trust me, they would love
So much to do. Yes, there is much to do – but, don’t panic! Take your time and plan ahead. Organize
the things you want to do. Pace yourself. And, above all, don’t stress out! Set boundaries
– you don’t have to say yes to every request from someone who wants a piece of your
So little done. Ok, this is just a reminder to be humble. We have to keep our ego in check, eh? All
of us are important and all are worthy of respect – but none of us are indispensable.
Something to remember.
Such things to be. What do you want to be in 2023? Be yourself, of course. But that should never mean
settling for our “less than best” self. Set some high goals and grow until you reach
Blessings to all and see you in the HSC hallways in 2023!