Thank you Joanna Malefaki for tagging me in this inspiring challenge. Truth be told, I’ve been writing this letter for some time now, only in little bits here and bigger pieces there. What advice would I give to my younger teacher self?
My dear Christina,
it may seem I’ve forgotten about you, having drifted so far away in years ahead, but believe me I haven’t. You’ve been gently carried along, seen through different eyes, even with a half-smile at times, for all you have done and all you haven’t. Let me tell you of the things I’d like you to learn, the ones to accept and some to forget.
You’re about 21 and have just received your first qualification as a language instructor. Accept that you’ve just opened the door to a world of wonders, demands and true happiness. It might sound too much to take, but you will love every part of it, trust me. Forget you’ve been teaching for four years already, you start a new journey now. Keep only what’s necessary and make room for the new.
You learn as you go, and from everything that comes your way. Learn with your professors and get your first BA. Learn with your colleagues, your supervisors and your students. Learn from the process and the hardship to get your second degree and your other language certificates. Accept that you will do everything you can to still give back to the community and learn that the best moments await you right there; accept that you will use your teaching to reach more and further, in other fields, in different cultures. Forget that you’ll meet some undeserving of your assistance and involvement, because you stand to win in the end. Learn that it’s ok to drop out of your MA because you chose to, but accept that it will take time and effort to get back to it.
Learn everything the way you want. That process will make you a thorough, persistent learner and will fire you up even more to become a better teacher. Don’t be afraid of confusion, you won’t be confused.
You love languages, so go learn them and never stop pursuing them. They will give you back more than you could ever imagine.
Learn to be open to opportunities, even the most daunting ones. Accept that you will start a company and then let it go its own way. Forget that you will be stressed and appalled sometimes, that’s just how things are in the business world, but learn that you will use your developed skills in your teaching.
Accept that some things you will have to pursue yourself, but learn that you will not be alone. You will find a few, yes just a few, people who see the things you see and talk the words you talk. Forget what people say and keep what they do.
Keep learning Christina, you have a long way to go. Use what you have, use what works. Accept that you need to forget a few things, so you have enough room for things worth to remember.
Can’t think of anyone in particular to tag. I’ll leave it open to all, anyone who wishes to take part, consider yourselves tagged!