Saturday, November 9, 2013
Who I Am! Celebrating this Week
Today I'm celebrating who I am. No, that's not it. I'm celebrating accepting and loving who I am...YES!
For so long, too long, I tried to hide myself and my passions and fit myself into what I thought I was supposed to be. For years, I did things I didn't love doing because everyone else was doing them. (Oh my this is sounding so high school and immature, but it's honest and that's what I'm going for!) I felt like fitting in was the most important thing. The ironic thing is that I never really felt like I fit in. So I was failing at something that I didn't really want...and I was miserable...and things fell apart.
Within the last couple of years, I've experienced some big loss! My Dad died and I unsuccessfully attempted the process of adoption...but I started discovering, accepting, and loving myself... flaws and all! With age, I'm realizing that time is precious and I need to be myself with no apologies.
Today, I make choices that I believe are good for me and good for my students. There's a freedom in being myself. I've found true and real friends in the most surprising places! My family continues to love me unconditionally. And it's made me a better person and teacher. I highly recommend being true to who you are. (Although, I will say that there are those that will fight you and challenge you. It can be hard, but it's WORTH IT!)
Today I celebrate:
1. Being true to myself
2. Showing kindness
3. Teaching and loving my time with my students
4. Blogging...ALL of my students just started their own blogs
5. Growing and changing and making mistakes and becoming the best version of Michelle that I can
6. My dog and all of his unconditional love
7. Having students ask me if I'll teach 7th and 8th grade too
8. Friends who show me who I am when I'm losing my way