1/8/2014 10:59 AM
By Nick Goucher
As the two-year anniversary of my heart surgery approaches later this month I find myself currently stressing out over things that would have seemed so minimal two years ago this time.
I was down in Florida for most of December taking a vacation and mixing in some business at the same time by attending a career conference and scheduling a job interview. While I was there I got my first-ever traffic ticket for speeding in a school zone. I was completely unaware that I was in a school zone and there was nothing I could do, looking back at the situation.
It’s just annoying more than anything to get a ticket when you know you had no intention of disobeying the law, not to mention the process of hiring a lawyer to get the ticket reduced. Now what was a perfect driving record has a blemish, but after all, things are really not meant to be perfect.
Graduate school has also been a major issue on my mind. This single decision I make is really going to have a large impact on my life going forward so I want to make the best move for my future. There are a few different schools I am seriously considering at this point. The real tough part about this is knowing that I’m going to be taking out more student loans, but in the long run it’s going to be a valuable investment, I hope! In no way am I attempting to make graduate school seem like a little thing with the title of this post, but in my mind it is little in comparison to undergoing major heart surgery.
At the end of every day, no matter what is on my mind or what occurs that day, I just sit back and reminisce about how things were two years ago. I think about how scary of a time it was before the surgery and how hard the recovery was. If I were to have told myself going into surgery that everything would be fine afterwards and I would have the opportunity to go to graduate school in two years and still be coaching baseball, I would have signed on the dotted line for that right away—no matter how many points would be on my license.
Nick Goucher was born with a double aortic arch, a type of vascular ring anomaly, in Queens, New York. He was raised and still resides in Hampton Bays on Long Island. Nick graduated from Dowling College with a degree in sport management and coaches high school baseball. He enjoys going to the gym, the beach, and listening to music, most notably any by Tom DeLonge, especially Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves.
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By Connie on
1/13/2014 8:59 AM
Re: Stressing Over the Little Things
Way to go! Keep up the self-confidence.
Getting a traffic ticket is Very annoying!
After having no citations after Many years of driving, a cop stopped me in "rush" hour traffic for a very minor infraction. Ticked me off! I paid the fine, because considering talking to the judge in court was giving me chest pains, and I thought, shoot, it's not worth that! Things happen.
Anyway, I wish you well with grad school.
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