Many times teachers are found in our schools. They spend all day with our kids, patiently helping them grow. Someone asked me why teachers get summers off; many don't, but my answer is even angels have to take a break to renew their hearts and wings. No one can pour into everyone else's cup all day and all year long without taking time to take care of themselves as well.
There are teachers found outside of schools. Sometimes they are people who inspire like Neil Degrasse Tyson or Mr. Rogers that reach out with important lessons through media. Parents are teachers as they help their children learn and grow. There are teachers everywhere.
Having teachers doesn't stop when we step out of high school or college. Sometimes we change to calling them mentors. Maybe it is someone we seek out for growth or maybe it is someone we stumbled upon that has wisdom to share. Sometimes teachers appear in less positive roles. Even the people who push our buttons are in their own way a teacher for us to explore our own reactions and beliefs.
Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Anyone who knows a school teacher, has one working with their child, or is still in touch with one that made an imprint on their own youth; reach out and share some thanks today. These teachers give more than facts and lessons. Teachers give their hearts.
I'm so grateful for all the teachers I had growing up and all the teachers I have in my life today. I'm grateful in particular for my 3rd grade teacher that taught me how much a teacher can love. I'm grateful for the teacher I had my 4th and 6th grade years that got to witness my struggle with growing into who I wanted to be, bullies, and self-esteem and helped em to navigate that a little more gracefully. I'm grateful for my high school physics teacher that was both a mentor and inspiration for my love of science as well as embracing myself and growing into a capable woman. I'm grateful for my anthropology professor who did not believe in me and admittedly wanted me not to succeed because she ignited my fire to prove her wrong and her praise and apology at the end of the year meant that much more knowing where we started. I'm grateful for my mom who teaches me so much every day but who also taught me important lessons about standing up for myself when people try to put a limit on what I am capable of achieving. I'm grateful to have her as my advocate, teacher, friend, and mom. I'm grateful for all my friends that became teachers and all the beautiful work they do. I'm grateful for all the teachers out there who do their best to raise the next generation. And I'm so grateful for my daughter's teachers as we navigate our first year of "preschool". They have taught her and me so much about this transition and how to grow gracefully through the bumps.
Which teachers made the biggest impact on your life? What type of teacher do you try to be for the young people around you? How can you leave a positive mark on future generations?
May today inspire us to share our best lessons. May we find gratitude for all the teachers we have had and actively seek teachers and mentors at every age and stage. Have a beautiful day!