Sometimes I feel like I am standing in the middle of a crowded place with people shuffling past me. I am yelling out, but no one can hear me. And if they can hear me, they’re pretending that they can’t. It’s the hardest thing watching pieces of your world crumble while the rest of the world just marches on. Sometimes I feel stuck here. Sometimes I feel like I can’t escape.
So, where do I go from here? I’m sitting on the floor in this crowded place and I’m being stepped on and shuffled over. How do I convince myself that I can push through and move on?
My saving grace today is knowing that there’s no possible way this feeling can last forever. It’s just not feasible. I have to make room in my life for failures and mistakes and mishaps. That’s something I have preached to students I’ve had in the past.
“Mistakes make you human!”
“Messing up is how we learn!”
“No one in the world is perfect- not even me!”
If I can convince 28 ten-year-olds of this truth, I can convince myself.
Me to myself today, and me to you EVERY DAY: The world needs you. You are part of the greatness of this planet. We each bring an incredible gift to the table.
Today is a step back. Yesterday was a step back, too. Tomorrow might even be a step back. But it’s okay. Because there are good days coming. The world is not going to crumble on me. MY world is not going to crumble on me. The rainbow only comes at the end of the storm.
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