This is one of those posts that I didn’t mean to write. Instead, it sort of wrote itself. If you usually visit looking for a quick recipe or fun DIY transformation, check back soon. If you could use a little positive thinking or inspiration today, then read on.
I’ve been a little extra emotional lately. You see, I’m about to embark on a new adventure. With this adventure, I’m feeling all the emotions. The excitement of something new. The sadness over leaving something else behind. The natural fear of “can I do it?”.
For the past 9+ years of my life, I’ve been a freshmen English teacher. With really great students. At a really great school. Have there been frustrations? Of course. But there was also a desperate feeling of “stuck”. I knew that I was destined for something big, and it didn’t feel like this was quite it. So I went soul-searching. I did it in the form of a website, the one you are reading now, that has also become my mantra. Finding Purpose.
I didn’t know where I was headed at first, but I did know that I had to start. So I wrote. I edited, and took photos. Instead of vegging on the couch at night after a day’s work, I googled the ins and outs of building a website and a brand. I worked really hard and in the meantime, I fell in love with the process…and slowly started finding myself.
When I started almost a year and a half ago, I never would have guessed in posting my thoughts and ideas here, I was developing my skill set that would lead me to my next career. But that’s exactly what has happened. As of next Friday I’ll be entering the corporate world to take on a really exciting role. More about that soon, but for now…this isn’t about me.
All that back story to explain this. During the past few days, I’ve had to say a lot of goodbyes. I felt horrible guilt (what kind of teacher leaves in the middle of the school year?!), sadness (this has been my home for 9+ years), and even some fear of what others might think. Despite all this, here is what I’ve found. In telling the administration, the faculty, and my students, I’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback. Hugs, congrats, heart-felt messages via email and in person. I can feel the love and appreciation just oozing all over right now, and it feels pretty amazing.
But this is what sticks with me. In a conversation with about 20 of my 14-year old students, I asked them if they had any questions about this whole transition process. One boy raised his hand, and he asked, “Will our new teacher be as nice as you?” Wow. I felt the tears rising up in my eyes. I looked around the room at their expectant faces and this is all I could say. “It makes a difference, doesn’t it?”
They nodded, and in that moment I think we all understood. Kindness matters. Kindness makes a difference. Kindness is the secret to a happy and well-lived life.
Pass it on today.