A Letter to Me…

Yesterday, I was sitting in what will be our last Professional Development meeting for this school year.  I was confronted by the realization that I had devoted 18 years of my life to this craft we call teaching.  I am certainly a very different person than the one that first stepped into my first classroom all those years ago…

The leader of the workshop started reading a letter that she had written to herself – her first-year teacher self.  She handed us each a little note card and laid down the gauntlet…

Write a letter to yourself that you can open on a day that you really need to read it…

Open it on a day that you need to remember JOY and what makes you HAPPY.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need to give myself a little pep talk.

Teaching can certainly be difficult, but looking a little deeper than that…

JUST PLAIN OLD LIFE CAN BE DIFFICULT SOMETIMES TOO!

When life becomes difficult, I know that it can be harder to see through all the struggles to be able to see the purpose.  I too often focus on the waves and not THE ONE that my focus should be fixed on.

Somewhere along the line, I started believing this faulty notion that others expected me to be perfect and I sometimes actually think that I can be….

So, I picked up a pen…

And wrote a letter to my future self.

I’ll read it again on a day that I really need to get my priorities back in line and remember who I really am.


As I sit here in this professional development, I’m wondering what my future is in all of this… I’ve devoted 18 years to this career that used to leave me in wonder.  Now, it often leaves me tired. So, future self, here are some things to remember…

It’s O.K. to be tired – allow yourself time to rest and stop saying yes to everything people ask you to do.  It might not be for you…you could be robbing others of the chance to grow into their potential future self if you do the things they were meant to do by not learning how to use the word no.

It’s O.K. to ask for help.  You don’t have all the answers, you don’t wear a cape, and you could never be Super Woman anyway!  Admitting that you don’t know can be hard for you.  But, it’s important to learn how to do this.

Listen up!  This one is very important!!!

Find some time each day to do what you love and brings you joy.  When you make excuses and don’t do this, life becomes a series of dismal tasks and you end up resenting that you have to accomplish them. It might be a very small thing, but if you enjoy it – DO IT!  It’s important…AND SO ARE YOU.

Sincerely,

ME


“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

-Dolly Parton