What I won’t write down.

This year I’ve been asked to supervise the editorial team of the schools newspaper, so whenever they come around and ask me questions, I try to be as helpful as possible.

They came to me yesterday and asked me to write down an interesting fact about myself. Apparently they did this with all the teachers in order write an article about them. I didn’t know what to write. You see, I don’t want to write down something boring, but as a high school teacher, I don’t want to give away anything too personal. For some reason learners are just really interested in their teachers’ personal life.

This is what high school learners do all the time! (credit: we know memes)

I talked to some of my friends, and we had a real good laugh about some things that happend in my past. Here are the top three things that I definitely won’t write (but unfortunately are true!).

As a preschool kid, I taught myself to write my name and I ended up writing down ‘Hol’, which basically means ‘ass’ in Afrikaans.

The first words a learner ever spoke to me when I started teaching two years ago was: “Miss, your fly is open”.

In high school I came second in the national championships of goat showing. (My goats name was Chicken and she wouldn’t stop nibbling on my pants, shirt, and eventually the second place rosette I received.)

The famous SA champion, the one, the only…Chicken! (credit: True wildlife)

The only problem is that I still don’t have anything to give them on Monday. Maybe I should make something up.

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About Die reis

So....I really believe that I’m not the only person feeling this way. Like Lucius Annaeus Seneca  put it: "If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable." And that's exactly my problem...I have no idea where I want to be. I’m content in the moment, but is constantly restless about the future. I have too much of a hunger for success and fulfillment to just leave it there, but never in my life have I had a clear picture of where I want to be. Therefore I want to make life about the journey. I want to appreciate life for what it is, and not let the small things pass me by without noticing them. For the "where do I want to be?"...maybe I will find out along the way.
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