Wow, I knew I had been slacking but it has been far too long since I sat down and shared a little bit with the world wide web. There have been many thoughts and moments where I thought, "Hmm, I should write a blog about that." Alas, those thoughts were fleeting enough that I did not ever actually act upon them.
The basic 411- Life keeps moving. As we grow and continue to age, time and life take on a more basic reality- it just keeps going. Stress, sadness, happiness, anger, frustration, and every other emotion that we experience in life simply happens as each day progresses regardless of our intention. However, it is the choices in how we handle that progress that not only define us, but also direct the additional paths we will follow.
It is those choices that led me back to the classroom, though it was only dipping my toe back into the water. An opportunity presented itself to return to the part of teaching that I love- actually teaching. Though it was only six weeks and five students, it was one of the highlights of my summer. This foray back into the teaching universe has led to additional opportunities that I have been able to pursue at my leisure, slowly easing myself back into the arena.
Also on the burner, churning and boiling away in the back of my thoughts is the possibility of returning to pursue my Master's degree. The issue is that I have not fully convinced myself that I am, well for lack of a better term, "smart enough" to actually do this. Although there are many people who have encouraged and assured me that I am quite capable of this pursuit, at the end of the day it is my own self-concept and perception that matters. Until I truly feel that this is something within my ability to pursue and complete- the pursuit will remain stalled. This is true of so many things in life when I look back- that it wasn't until I believed it could truly be, that it truly was. So the next time you or someone you love is facing a new challenge, try to remember that the support of loved ones is crucial but is not the final thing to tip the scales one way or another; it is what is within us that will finally set the scales in motion towards a final decision about what we can or cannot do in life.