Last summer, I wrote a little ditty about what I learned during the summer and I thought I would continue the tradition as the new school year approaches in a few days.
I just read over my What I Learned This Summer and couldn’t help but remember how lovely and passionate those two months were; total bliss and relaxation. Today, I wish that I could go back in time and relive those experiences because if you were to put last summer and this summer side-by-side, they would be on opposite ends of the spectrum.
This summer has taught me a lot about myself, my family and life in general and, put simply, life can be really hard and the hardness is all relative to those that are living it. So here goes…
What I learned this summer:
- Family is of the utmost importance and you need to lay your resentments down, put your stressful life aside, and savour what little time we have on this Earth. @NeilPasricha always tweets out great quotes or ideas: “The average world lifespan is around 25,000 days. Tell someone you love them.” If I am to do my math, I have lived approximately 14,275 days, so far – deep sigh.
- In a heartbeat, your life can change. Change can really suck. Change can bring you down and/or lift you up; that is ultimately up to us.
- I have an undeniable, unbelievable support network that envelopes me at just the right moments when I need them. Much love to you all 😉
- Saying “No, I am unable to that” literally gives you space and room to spend time on commitments that really matter. Do this more often.
- Books can save your life and provide a wonderful distraction, make you see the world differently with a new perspective, teach you empathy and slow down time.
- You never really know what is going on in someone’s head – and maybe we shouldn’t.
- Silence and being alone is necessary. Together is better. Engage in both whenever you need to, with no regrets, because we cannot do it all.
- Grief is all encompassing. Loss of anyone, in any way, is heartbreaking and changes you.
- Turning 40 isn’t that bad.
- My parents are rockstars.
So as you embark on the next learning journey this school year, take time to remember all of the experiences and people you spent time with because life can and will change when you least expect it; this is inevitable.
Remember that getting to know your students is of the utmost importance because they could be anywhere on that spectrum of life between easy and hard. How will you teach them the coping strategies to manage this thing we call life?
I have the pleasure of entering a year off this school year where I can really dig deep, or not, into my mantra of slowing down. My posts may be obscure or unrelated to education/learning, but I hope and appreciate all of you who read my rants!
I wish you all a lovely year of learning!
Breathe. Slow down. Connect. Learn.
Happy Start to a New School Year!
Yours in learning,