Life is always a trade-off

Wow, we shot a lot of footage in the Dominican Republic. 

And it takes a long time to edit, translate, map out the story, figure out narration and on and on and on…

In the DR, we had the luxury of being present, in that moment. We didn’t have the rest of life. We all have work. Life. Friends. Family. 

It’s a testament to the drive and motivation of our students that they’ve been putting in the long hours to ingest, choose, edit video. Figure out audio. Rachel Bloom has come on board as a translator for us. Tim is coordinating everything.

I miss the focus we had in the DR. Life is always a trade-off, and I have my dog, my friends, my family around. Air conditioning. Diet Pepsi. A perhaps too-comfortable life.

But maybe I am meant to be unsettled. To see what I can do without, to learn that lesson of being present, in the moment, fully engaged in the place and the people.  

I need a rocking chair.  



Carol Zuegner

About Carol Zuegner

I am a journalism professor at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. I teach writing, social media, media entrepreneurship, international mass communication and I am lucky enough to be a part of Backpack Journalism. I focus on interviewing, writing and being Mama Zoogs.

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