“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”- Eleanor Roosevelt
The day that I received my invite to Discovery Ed’s Beyond the Textbook and saw the list of “names” invited, I was in shock. My initial thought was, “Why am I on this list?” On that list were innovators, speakers, creators, “twitter stars” and ME. What on earth had I done to deserve to go? I found myself questioning myself, my value and my contribution to the world. It was the single most bone headed thing that I have EVER done…and I have done a few bone headed things…but this was my LOW. I devalued myself in comparison to my perceived ideas of others. I stopped the insanity but this moment was a true wakeup call.
For the record, I was there because of a 5 minute life-changing conversation where my vision & work were communicated in only a way that karma can write…TRUTH!
When I got to Maryland, I was shocked at first at how “normal” everyone was. They were ME. We are all educators in a world that is NOT perfect. We apply for jobs that we do not get. We make bills that sometimes require some creative thinking to get them paid. We teach sessions for money, not for what we believe in. That last statement is NOT me, but it happens. We are insecure at times….often. We all use our tech tools way too much. Yes, I said it! And sometimes, we drive a dented honda because of our need to beat a little old lady to a parking spot….ME (bone-headed, I know)
The lesson here is this…
We respect and admire the work of others. We are even inspired to act as a result. Their work does not make them any better. We can all do it. We should do it. I am no “twitter star” or “edu-star” but I am a star in my own life and that is what matters most.
Never belittle yourself by over-uplifting others! We are all amazing and have much to share.