Today is my birthday. My cough 50th Birthday!?!?!? And I am nearing the end of my 22nd year as an educator.
I thought I would feel differently, look differently, behave differently. I remember starting my career and listening to veteran teachers and thinking I will never be so cynical, frumpy, grumpy and judgmental (ha ha). I would be, should be, hip and smart…i.e., natty!
But the truth is…I am far from it and I am OK with that. Here is what I am…I am a problem solver. I am usually tired and if not tired, then frazzled, I am a constructivist who often relies on behaviorist tactics. I am a learner. I am sometimes a leader. I am flexible, I often worry I give more time to my students than my own kids. I am loyal and dedicated.
Does any of this give me natty status? Am I where I should be as a educator? As a 50 year old woman? I will let asomeone younger be the judge of that.
Several years ago I heard a motto that has stuck with me.
Don’t should on yourself and don’t should on others!
As a present to myself, I am adopting as my own…natty or not!