It is time I admit a few things. Not any secrets, nothing that will hurt others, but truths that I am ready to share about myself. After all, my birthday is nearing, time for reflection is now, and honestly, why not put it all out there? So in no particular order, here it is
- I am not tough. Far from it in fact. Although my steps seem self-assured and I can argue all of my opinions, inside I am still that awkward 15 year old hoping for acceptance. So when people speak of “people” and what these “people” are saying about me, that pit in my stomach grows. And yet, I know that life is a series of ebbs and flows, and someone out there likes me and what I do.
- I am a massive (proud) geek. Oh, such a cliche, but it is true, my husband reminds me all the time that I would be a Trekkie if I had more time. Instead I consume all things zombie, Neil Gaiman, techy tools and nerd style. I would rock geeky glasses if I needed them. I get excited when students quote obscure books or Sherlock Holmes. I will talk videogames with you. And it’s ok, I embrace it in my own nerdy way.
- I am not an extrovert. I am boisterous, I laugh loudly, and I sing in my classroom. That does not mean I am comfortable around people. In fact, I think the internet has provided me with a much needed shield so that I could explore facets of my personality and let myself shine amongst others. See me at a conference and don’t be surprised if I am very, very quiet.
- I do not have all of the answers. I am sharing my journey, not selling a path.
- I change my mind. This year certain things are working for me incredibly well but that does not mean they will work next year as well. I am forever open to change, to reflection, to reinvention. After all, life is not a passive act and neither is teaching.
- I don’t think I am a great teacher. I have been around great teachers, my mother being one, and I am not even close to that. And thankfully so; my journey has just begun and I need to aspire to something. I think I have good ideas, passion, and dedication, but greatness – maybe in 25 years.
I wonder what others wish the world knew about them?