Not Easy, but Worth It #IMMOOC
Think of someone who you look up to, someone you admire, someone who inspires you. Do you ever ask yourself how in the world they’re accomplishing all that they are doing? How are they so amazing? Do they have a magical gift or have some kind of special talent? You want to be more like them and embody some of their amazing skills and strengths, know-how, and way of doing. What’s their secret? What is the trick?!
Here’s the truth…
As someone who constantly looks up to others to get inspired, encouraged, supported, and pushed, I am often guilty of drooling over other people’s “togetherness” while they make everything look so easy. But, what I’ve also come to realize over the years as people have shared with me that they see me as one of those people that has it all together, that moves mountains and makes it look easy, is that this is not reality. What you see, the successes, the final product, all the things that get done, those are just on the surface. What we fail to see is everything that goes on in the background. Everything that happens behind the scenes. Everything under the water, that goes unnoticed. The blood, sweat, and tears. The HARD work. The TIME. The stress. The sacrifices. The late nights and early mornings. People don’t see those as often which leads to a skewed perception or the illusion that success comes easily, quickly, and effortlessly.
The truth of the matter is, I am my own worst critic. I often feel as though I am falling short, in many aspects of my life. Right now, my passion lays in my work. I love what I do, I love growing and learning and continuing to strive to be the best teacher that I can be. But, this doesn’t mean that it’s easy. In fact, the more I work at it, the more I feel as thought I’m not doing enough. Ask my husband, he will tell you that he literally holds down the fort as I work ridiculous hours and chose to blog, take part in Twitter chats, or read educational books after our kids are in bed at night. Or, ask my mom and dad (with whom we’re living right now as we’re between houses for one month) who commented just last week on all of the extras I am currently doing in my work every evening, sometimes going back to work, sometimes just tapping away on the computer prepping). My mom said “it’s no wonder you’re exhausted”. Ask my kids who have certainly felt the absence of their own mother being completely drained and not having much left to give them at the end of the day. Ask my students, who have seen me yawn far too many times that I would like this school year already. Ask my colleagues, who have listened, hugged me and wiped my tears away after days where I felt I wasn’t good enough. Ask me, and I will tell you that it is not easy, but it is worth it (even though, on this Friday night, I am done, my brain is mush, but all I can do it lay in bed and blog to try and recharge and feel successful at something today).
So, next time you look up to someone and wonder how they’re holding it all together, take the time to tell them how amazing they are… they are working HARD even if they make it look easy. Chances are that that little comment will resonate and help them to keep pushing on… because this path, the path to success, is not an easy one, but it is certainly worth it!