Friday, March 3, 2017

What's Your Passion?

     One of the buzzwords in today's society is "passion." Every where I turn, lately, that question screams at me. Usually I'm in some kind of project zone and totally disregard the question. But lately I've been thinking about it and asking myself the same question. Our fourth block is coming to a close and the next starts in a few days. Am I still passionate about what I do and for whom I do it? These are serious questions I've had to ask myself.
     As I stated in an earlier blog I have an older sister who began her first year of teaching this year--she's in her sixth decade yet didn't view that as an obstacle in fulfill a lifelong dream. Even though she never formally taught in a school, teaching has been her passion. And she's good at it. I look at her and wonder if I share that same enthusiasm and express it as readily as she does.
     So as I pondered the passion question, I began to list things I am passionate about. I burn inside when I see kids mistreated, neglected, or abused. B.U.R.N. It angers me beyond words when I see parents treat their kids like problems rather than people. I guess it'd be safe to say I'm passionate about kids and their receiving proper treatment.
     The other day I ran into an old friend whom I got hooked into foster care. That was 15 years ago and she's still going strong. legitimate part of her family. She's passionate about taking care of kids.
     Kids are my passion too. Teaching them to learn how to think is a passion and I use English as the catalyst to do this. But teaching is not my passion. In fact, I never really wanted to be a teacher. I started out as a pre-vet/animal science major in college and switched after I realized I wasn't cut out for that career. Because I had to declare a major, I took something that came easily to me (reading and writing) and decided to major in English. I went with a double major in Education so I could support myself. It was teaching by default.
     The first twelve years as a teacher were something I'd never want to repeat. However, once I got back into education at my present school, I seemed to have found my sweet spot. This is what I'm passionate about--I'm passionate about Community High School and the kids it serves.
     So, yeah, in a way I guess I'm consumed with teens and their well being. In them feeling a sense of success in school. In them believing in themselves and knowing others believe  in them as well.
     I want my kids to be treated fairly. I want them to believe in themselves. I want them to know someone has their back.
     I can answer the question I posed at the beginning of this blog post. I'm passionate about teens, their flaws and failings, and want to help them find their passion, too. What about you? Have you found your passion yet and are you pursuing it? It could make all the difference. 

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