Most of the time, people don't ask.
When I mention the 33 marathons that I ran, most people do not ask the time it took. Which suits me fine. A fine time is 4.30. A great time is 4 hours. Sub 4 is impressive, and sub 3 hours is elite. on the other side, 5 hours is a slog, 5.30 hours is a 'still completed' and 6 hours is a 'victory'.
I struggled many times. 6 marathons in one year had me hobbling into the finish line with nothing but determination a few times. Calgary I ran on one leg, pretty much. A run in Edmonton had me quit 3 times before half way, before finishing. The run in New York included 6 selfies and a 12 hour day on the race course.
It is the same with the MBA. The last mile marker has turned green, only the finish line is ahead when I complete the OMP. I am tired, so tired. A small push to get this done. And no one will ask my grade (likely 77/ 78/ 79 GPA) and no one will ask what I am writing about (Servicing the homeless in Edmonton). This is for me, this last piece- no one will ask the quiet determination needed to slog this through, no one will ask the compromised family bbq and dinners theses last few weeks...
Best to make this last push a brief one...
The suitcase is unpacked and put away.
The grades from Residence 2 are great, and the course is closed and the green check mark added to the checklist.
One last beast to slay- the Organization Management Project. I made some progress in Victoria with it, but there is a bit of work still. It was comforting to hear that I was not the last and not the most wounded from this project.
If I can lean in for 6 weeks, I may make the deadline. Best to use the daylight well.
Surprising to be leaving. Sitting at the airport thinking back on 18+ months of putting family, friends and lawn maintenance second. Don't get me wrong, I know the OMP is on the docket. And I know I really avoided the lawn work. But the journey is coming to the close.
The presentation on Wednesday went really well with my team doing a standup job. So easy to be harshly critical of oneself. But the client is happy, the teachers were happy, and this is supposed to be hard. Well done to my team and to my cohort at RRU. And we are done the MBA!* There were so many ups and downs through the experience.
So in a few hours I will be back in Edmonton and back to the routine. A bit more of writing and then the convocation in November.
Still seems so surreal.
*Except for the OMP!
The sun is shining, the peacocks are crowing, the wind has a caressing touch, the campus is mystical and amazing. The classes are overwhelming and the workload is heavy. This afternoon we dial in the last steps of the client project. Wednesday next week is client presentations and celebrations.
18 months- that is what this was. A few pieces on the OMP. A few pieces of the individual assignment. A few pieces of the team assignment. In a week I head home. I sure miss my family and my parents, my friends and my routine. I thank them for their support each night.
Best to make good use of the daylight,
Dieter Wentzel, CPHR