I often think of a particular quote that was on a boosterthon fundraising shirt I received several years ago, early on in my teaching career. It said "Everyone knows and legends are told that teaching is for the brave". I've reflected on this quote and my life as a teacher more this year than probably ever before and what I've determined is this...
Being a teacher is everything I thought it would be... and so many things I didn't.
I always thought teaching would be rewarding. It is.
I never thought teaching would be so exhausting. It is.
I always thought teaching would be fun. It is. (most days)
I never thought teaching could bring me to tears. It has.
I always thought I would buy all the fun school supplies. I do.
I never thought I could have too many school supplies. I definitely do.
I always thought teaching would involve hard work. It does.
I never thought teaching would involve so much "paperwork". It does.
I always thought being with the kids would be the best part of teaching. It is.
I never thought I'd be teaching in a world where I can't hug, or high five my kids. I am.
I always thought teaching was for the eager, the passionate, the loving, the thoughtful and the inspiring. It is.
I never thought teaching was for the brave. But it most certainly is.
With everything I've always thought and despite the things I never thought, for today at least, teaching is right where I'm meant to be.
And to all my fellow teachers...Be Brave :)