Coach Farley

“Back in 2006, at no fault of mine, I was hit on the head on collision by a car going 102 miles an hour when they swerved into my lane — or at least that’s what the police reports said. The lady in the car (the parent of one of my students), unfortunately, passed away. I had to be cut out of the car and flown in a helicopter to the trauma center. A month later, I woke up in the hospital with no memory of the incident whatsoever, but I had lost twenty-five pounds and had internal bleeding in the frontal hemisphere of my brain. The incident was a wakeup call — of realizing that life is short, and none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow, so we truly must be mindful of each moment in every day. I acknowledged that my only given is now, so I take it as an opportunity to not only improve as an individual, but better myself for the benefit of those around me; so I constantly try to do more for others than for myself. Above and beyond that, however, is being able to love your enemies as a means to make the world a better place. Yet to do that takes an uncommon and extraordinary effort. Yes, it’s uncommon to love your enemies, but I think that’s what makes it extraordinary, and it goes against what the world often tells us to do. So count all the beautiful blessings in life, and learn to be grateful even for the “curses.”

– Coach Farley, AP European History Teacher and Varsity Football Coach

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