The life of an Ordinary Teacher-to-be
If you ask most people what they measure success in, they’ll answer things like: wealth, power, popularity, etc.. Ask a teacher that same question,and you’ll receive a number of answers, most of which don’t have anything to do with money, obviously, but instead have to do with their legacy, what they leave behind.
Most teachers will tell you that their students are their pride and joy’s. Seeing the impression they’ve made on another individuals life is the one thing they know they can brag about. But it’s not even about that. It’s about knowing that you’re sending educated peoples into the world with the ability to think, and perform on their own. People who will be able to form their own opinions, people who won’t rely on others for everything, people who believe in themselves despite being told their whole lives that they can’t do something. Even more than that, teachers will tell you that their entire life is teaching, at least, the good ones will. It is our job to ensure that the generations to come will be respectful, will be compassionate, will be self motivated, and will be driven to become the people the know they can, and want, to be.
You may be asking yourself, ‘okay, what’s the point?’ We’ve all heard the phrase “those who can’t, teach” I can tell you right now, that if I wanted to be a Chemist, or an engineer, or an author, I could. But I don’t want to do that. I’m not passionate about that. I’m drawn to teaching, I can feel it in my bones, in my heart, in my mind, rising up like a whisper from the abyss. My point is this: Don’t do what others tell you to do. Success isn’t measured in what you see in yourself, but what others see in you. You’re going to be gone one day, but your life, your legacy, will live on in those that you influence. Human instinct is to be kind, and treat others with respect. Societal “norms” such as racism, bigotry, hate, war, are learned. If people would realize that the only person they’re hurting when they point out that somebody is different than themselves then the world would be a much better place. Unfortunately this cannot, and will not happen over night, but it has to start somewhere.
Transform yourself into the person you want to see in the world, and you’ll make an impression that you will see blossom into the most beautiful thing you’ve ever laid eyes on.