“Life is messy thats how we are made. You can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. If you are willing to take the chance, the view from the other side is spectacular. “
Man is the view from the other side spectacular. Imagine you have the opportunity to pick up your entire life and just start over. You aren’t just starting over, you are joining a movement bigger than yourself. The movement forces you way out of your comfort zone. Opportunities are yours only if you are willing to take them. Everyday is the biggest blessing that you could ever dream. For me it meant moving across the country and joining an amazing team of dedicated and humbled individuals. I have only been here for 6 weeks and I can honestly say that I have amazing friends some of whom I can consider family. There are no pretenses, I can be myself: quirky, smiley, friendly and just plain silly and no one looks at me sideways. It is amazing because I am truly living life outside of the box and the lines drawn and I can see the possibilities.
These past few weeks have also pushed me to ensure that I give the same love and support to my students. I am working a place where my strengths are celebrated and my weaknesses don’t really matter. Even the things I am not so good at do not define who I am. In my classroom the same happens. I try to focus on what my students do well. The LOVE to talk. We celebrate that they love to talk and give them the room to talk to each other. It is a REQUIREMENT. If their supposed weakness is silence then we work towards periods of silence. They are getting better. I think that it is important that my students use their quirkiness and silliness and childishness to their advantage. It will enhance their learning. They begin to trust each other and maybe they will learn to trust me.
My life has changed from a year ago, but the more radical change happened 6 weeks ago when surrounds with amazing people. I hope this is the year of their radical change from the other side 🙂