Today I am participating in "Two Weeks of Thanks-Giving" at Teaching Authors. Coupled with American Education Week, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to show my appreciation for the teachers who helped shape the person I am today.
"You're a brave woman, Michelle."
How I've treasured these words over the subsequent 25 years. These words that reflected the height of my self-confidence. Yes, I was that brave woman, passionately stepping out into the real world, keeping my eyes open to opportunity, and meeting life boldly, with intentionality.
But who was responsible for cultivating that bravery? My parents, of course, but also my teachers. Teachers who have always been there, nurturing, stimulating, supporting, and guiding me through unfamiliar territory, knowing me more than I thought possible, and challenging me to become extraordinary.
Since then, life, with its stencil and exacto knife, has attempted to carve away at that confidence with varying degrees of success. These days, bravery has metamorphosed into resilience, but the passion is still alive. Every day I strive for that peak of self-confidence to bloom again.
Today's little ditty is a thank you note. Though simple in its acrostic form, I dedicate it to Professor Gallagher and to all of my teachers and mentors, in school and in life. Thank you for the enCOURAGEment to pursue my dreams.
Believe in yourself
Respect those who came before
Allow the possibilities
Venture into the unknown
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