During “Teaching Strategies for Youth”, one of the last classes I took while enduring graduate school, we had a discussion about our teaching philosophy. Our professor gave us a moment to think about how we wanted to portray ourselves as future educators, but he didn’t want our thoughts in words. He wanted something visual.
My classmates and I all looked at each other a little puzzled.
Our professor handed out sheets of paper and markers. Yes. Markers. Some parts of college are awesome.
We all sat in silence for a moment until, one by one, we began to figure out what he meant.
I drew an image of a flower growing between the cracks of a sidewalk. My professor wanted me to explain.
“Our students will all be enduring different challenges as daughters, sons, siblings, friends, enemies. They will come from different backgrounds with different socioeconomic statuses. But I want to show them that through their hardships, they can persevere. They can be the flower that grows through the crack of a sidewalk if they’re determined and motivated. I’ll give them that motivation. And I’ll help them find that determination.”
Fast-forward six months.
I’m no longer a part of that graduate program because it wasn’t supporting my career vision or me, personally.
I’m basically unemployed (part-time is not cutting it, folks).
I am broke.
But I’m determined that things will turn around soon. They always do.
Last Thursday I noticed a cluster of flowers growing through the cracks in the sidewalk along my apartment building. Not dandelions or weeds. Flowers. Nemesia foetans Poetry – Lavender Pink. A variety grown by one of the top horticultural distributers.
This Friday I have an interview for what would be a spectacular opportunity.
I’m determined that things will turn around soon. They always do.