Fire Department Tryouts

So, some of you may know this, and some of you may not know this.... But after the FIRE in our neighborhood, my neighbor (who is a member of our local fire department) started putting the bug into my ear to try out for the Fire Department.

I have poo-poo'ed the idea for quite some time now, but I found myself a bit more intrigued after the fire...

So I "entertained" the idea for a while...

Then, after a bit more convincing by my neighbor (and a "why not" from the Mother of Five), I made the decision to apply.

It was about a month before the tryouts, and so I started doing what I could to get the "sedentary lifestyle" that has settled it's way into my body - out of my system.

Truthfully, it takes more than a month to undo what 15 years has done... But, one needs a starting point - and this was as good as any... Right?

I started walking at least two miles a day - and often put four miles a day on. I even started running, jogging, slogging (slow jogging) for about 1/4 a mile.

It's not a huge change, but I can say a couple of things without a doubt. a.) I feel better than I have in a long time! and b.) my belt is one notch tighter than it was when I started... So something is working

(? - or at least I tell myself - ?)

I have not talked about this whole process here because (to be honest) I did not want to "jinx" myself. I figured that if I did say something, and I did not get the position, how embarrassing it could be... So, I said nothing...

Tryouts where this morning.

I did not partake in greasy Scott County Fair foods last night, I got a good night's sleep, I woke early (not too early), stretched, and did a two mile walk... I came home cleaned up, and headed to the fire department for tryouts.

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Now, before I go any further, please allow me to clarify something. I got off the phone about an hour ago with one of the committee members, and I was advised that I was not one of the chosen candidates...

BEFORE YOU GO ALL "POOR FOF", AND APLOGETIC ON ME - LET ME STATE FOR A FACT... That while I can't say I am not a little let down, I can't say that I am completely distraught either...

Why not FOF? Why after working so hard for a month, and putting all the effort into trying out would you only be "a little" let down?? And what about not wanting to "embarrass" yourself by admitting your failure on such a public forum...

Well, let me explain... Even though I did not make the final cut - I stepped out of my comfort zone and challenged myself beyond what I imagined I could. The tryouts were VERY difficult. I got a passing score on ALL but one of the various stations, and let me tell you brotha... There were a couple of the stations that I did not know how well I would do... In fact - my first "perfect" score was at a station that I thought I would have the most difficulty with!! I truly surprised myself!!

I was up against eight other men (most of who were much younger and in better shape than myself), who all seemed very bright, and were strong candidates for the position! I am certain that any one of them could have done a great job in the position they were chosen for. For the candidates that were selected - they start their training with my best wishes for a long, happy, and safe career with the Fire Department!

So, while wont lie about feel a "little" disappointment over this, I do feel great about challenging myself the way I did, and for accomplishing what I did, and as well as I did (even if that does not include being selected)!!

As I thought about it (after getting the phone call) - I decided that I was going to post about this experience. I have NOTHING to be embarrassed about... In fact - I have a lot to be proud of... So, here you are - reading about my "not getting selected" for a position on the Fire Department.

Who knows... Since I am feeling so good (health wise) maybe I have found the inspiration I need to keep working on the "getting in shape" part of this equation. Perhaps I can try again next year... or not... We'll cross that bridge when it comes!

Hey... Can I still call them "hose draggers" without sounding resentful??
I sure hope so!! (snicker)

I would like to thank all the members of the Jordan Fire Department for the time they put in running the tryouts today.

I would also like to extended a very special thank you to my neighbor Jeremy. He has been a constant source of peer pressure positive inspiration - and I truly appreciate the time he spent "psyching" me up for this!

Hey, Jeremy... You can lay off the pressure inspiration now for at least a year!! (wink) Thanks again!

6 comments:

  1. Huge congratulations! I always tell my kids that if you never try, then you'll never know what you can do. I've certainly been guilty of convincing myself in the past that there were things I could not do, so I simply never tried to do them. And that makes me wonder what opportunities I missed out on. As I get older, I tend to do more and take more chances because I wonder what I'm capable of.

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  2. You are so cool! You accomplished a great deal, put forth a worthy effort, performed admirably, and have the maturity and generosity to share the experience and valuable life lesson about getting out there and trying even when we have no guarantee of success. Congratulations!

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  3. Hey Bro! So Proud that you at least tried!!! Sounds like a great experience!!!

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  4. GOOD JOB! I am even prouder of you for starting to work out and take care of yourself. Keep up the good work and by next year's tryout you will be two more belt notches down.

    Another Co-worker

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  5. Good for you man! I think all of us guys have this chip on our shoulder that requires us to compare ourselves against those who we feel are bigger, faster and stronger than us (oh, and "younger"). Mad props for going all out and living out a dream; you'll always be glad you did.
    So, you gonna keep up the fitness routine?

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