Very wise words! … “How things end up matters.” — Rob Roberge, Liar: A Memoir (Crown, February 9, 2016).
Five years ago, you were teacher of the year and now this.
All this would be fine—well, not exactly fine but manageable—if you were not due at this faculty meeting in half an hour. You look at the other drivers—some passing you, and some you are passing. You look at their faces and wonder how great the gap is between who they are and who they know they could be. You’re on Interstate 10. The I-10 is known to locals, depending on your direction, as the San Bernardino Freeway or the Santa Monica Freeway. Freeways here, true to the romantic nature of the West and its ever-hopeful revision of the life that came before, are made for movement and the future and they’re named for where you’re going—not where you’ve been.
The past, well, that’s for when you turn around. Where you’ve been is only important in the context…
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