Last week, I attended my school district's "Opening Day" presentation. My superintendent started with a speech about "awesome."
He asked us to look back on our childhood and remember a time when we just KNEW that we were awesome. When we were kids, we didn't question if we were smart - we knew our brains were learning machines! We didn't think twice about our hair, our clothes, or our weight - we knew we were beautiful and strong.
Then, my superintendent asked if we still had our "awesome." Did someone take it from us? Were we able to get it back?
I sat back in my chair and thought about that. Have I said "no" to trying something new because I was afraid of what others might think? Did I worry about the opinions of others so much that it affected how I lived my life?
As a school counselor, I give my heart to my school. I often worry that I am not making a difference, so I push myself even harder. I put myself to such a high standard that minor hiccups can feel like earthquakes.
As time goes by, however, I know I've gotten more of my "awesome" back. I am more like that little girl who wanted to save the world; the girl who could stand up in front of a crowd and show what she was made of, even if someone teased her. I want to use that "awesome" to help my students be all they can be.
Little ol' awesome me!
Then, after his inspiring speech, my superintendent said he was going to dance with Pete the panther, our high school's mascot; he wanted to show his appreciation for all the hard work we did last year and to celebrate our success.
Then, believe it or not, we learned that Pete was actually Ron Clark! This week I wanted to highlight Mr. Clark's message. Enjoy!