5.23.2013

Things I Didn't Learn in a Classroom

Day 23: Things you've learned that school won't teach you

There's a lot to be said for the classroom. Some of us were lucky enough to have incredible teachers, who helped shape us into the people we have become, those who stick with us long after graduation.

I was born into a family of teachers. My Dad was a high school teacher before becoming the District Superintendent, my cousin was a teacher for many years before becoming an administrator herself, and my sister is getting her teaching credential as well. I've seen firsthand the impact teachers can have on their students. However, there are many things we don't learn in school. As we go through life, our experiences and struggles help shape us, and teach us many important lessons. Things that cannot be found in a text book.

I don't think any of us ever stop learning. A new lesson can be found in every experience. My friend Jen once told me she looks for the lesson whenever life throws her a curve ball. And since, I've tried to do the same. There is a moral to every story. Something that we can take from it, to enrich our lives and become better for it. 


In my 27 years, these are some of the things I've learned so far. Some are a work in progress, and I'm sure there are many lessons I've forgotten to include.


accept yourself for who you are -  YOU are amazing just the way you are. Try to remember that. All of our unique qualities define us, and make us individuals. It's a constant struggle to embrace ourselves for who we are, and not compare ourselves to those around us. But once you can accept the qualities that set you apart, you realize how special you are and all that you have contribute.

always say I love you - Always tell the people you love how much they mean to you. In my opinion, hearing someone say they love you never gets old. You never know what could happen, and it's best to make sure that the people you love have no doubt about your feelings for them.

trust your gut-  I've mentioned this before, but I'll say it again. Follow your heart and trust your instincts. They're usually right.

go see and do- Travel. Get out and see the world. The more cultures you experience and places you travel, the better understanding you'll have of this world and the people in it. Meeting new people and seeing how they live and understanding their history gives you compassion and understanding for other people.

don't settle - I've seen many people get stuck in a routine they feel safe and comfortable in, and not "break free" and push themselves to reach their full potential. I could have been one of those people. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to take a risk. And although it was hard, I am 100% happier today, and so thankful to be where I am now.

it's okay to say No sometimes ­-  I am a people pleaser through and through. I am still working on this one. But I'm learning that it is okay to say "no" sometimes. It's better to put the best version of yourself out there, then spread yourself too thin. I'm still trying to learn not to put too much on my plate. I've learned that when I focus on a few things that matter to me, I see better results and feel more fulfilled than trying to please everyone and do everything. 




xoxo,


Theresa



2 comments:

  1. yay for not settling and saying i love you! awesome things to remember. i'm a huge believer in not settling (hello, divorce and cross-country move!), but it is much easier said than done. saying i love you, on the other hand, is so easy and SO important. just do it.

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  2. definitely very good lessons. especially the trust your instincts one. oh and travel, obviously

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