Today I am sharing a blast from the past. Recently Ali Edwards' Story kit monthly subscription was title 'Technology' - telling stories centered around technology. When I uploaded my digital kit and started skimming the product pieces I knew one of the first stories I wanted to tell.
It was my own personal story behind becoming a radar trainer and certifier while I was in the military and considered an expert in radar meteorology, then. I love this part of my military career. Mostly, because I was an overcomer success story and I created my own path for the future.
I had to face my fears, be brave, and set aside the ban of my weather forecasting existence (the weather radar) and learn something new - the Doppler weather radar.
Seriously, I hated the weather radar, even as a weather observer, but even more as a forecaster. Until I made the opportunity - at the direction of a mentor - to face my fears (although she didn't know I had these fears). What she did know was that the Doppler weather radar was the future in storm interrogation.
Thankfully, my boss at the time thought it was a good idea, too, after I let him in on the opportunity. A bit of research and funding and I was off to the civilian-driven radar school in Norman, Oklahoma. This set me up, big time, for years of success as a radar meteorologist.