August 2, 2015
It’s time to take stock. Every year as school begins I take stock in my life. I suppose this comes from the fact that as far back as I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher. However, also as far back as I can remember, I have questioned my motives for wanting to teach. I have oftentimes wondered if I just want to be in high school for the rest of my life. So, every year I take stock.
This year finds me in a better place both mentally and spiritually. I am more open to change and I’m more willing to be honest. Let’s get started.
“Say how you feel, leave the job you hate, find your passion, love with every ounce of your bones, stand up for things that matter, don’t settle, don’t apologize for who you are. Be brave.” Yeah, some of you may have seen this quote on Facebook. But it is a great place to start.
- Say how you feel Yes, I do. The thing is, though, I really need to be diplomatic. I tend to hurt people’s feelings way too much.
- leave the job you hate Wow! This is a biggie. I struggled last year as to whether or not I should sign a contract to continue working at the school in which I had taught for the past two years. I can honestly say that I hated my job. And I never thought I would say that about any teaching job. I struggled, to say the least. However, over the summer, I fell in love with my job. It was a combination of things, the perfect storm, if you will. So I guess I did leave the job I hated, and I found one that I absolutely love. Funny thing is, it’s the same job!
- find your passion Indeed! Ask me a year ago, and I would have answered that teaching is my passion. However, today I know that my passion is inspiring today’s youth to create their own future.
- love with every ounce of your bones Check. God, my family, my friends…and finally, myself.
- stand up for things that matter Those of you dear Readers who read on a regular basis know that I tend to use my blog as a platform to stand up for things that matter to me. I would like to believe that I am the voice for those who do cannot speak up for themselves.
- don’t settle Never settle for nothing but your best. In years past, I continually lied to myself about this one. I tried to convince myself that I was being the best Vickie that I could be. Turns out, I was wrong and I wasn’t even fooling myself. Now however, I can look myself in the mirror and tell myself that I am working my way back to being the best.
- don’t apologize for who you are On this one point, I have a caveat. There will come a time in the near future in which I will have to apologize to certain people in my life for the person I used to be. But for today, I do not have to apologize for who I am.
- Be brave. There is nothing so brave as being vulnerable and living a whole-hearted life. I intend to do just that.
So dear Readers, I’ve taken stock. Some good, some not so good. I know I will never be a perfect human being. However, I will spend the rest of my life striving to be the best Vickie I can be. Peace, ~v.