“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”
I got in front of class today and told a story. Most importantly, I listened to others tell their stories and felt the power that was present while they conquered their fears the same as mine; I felt their vulnerability.
This life is all about relationships. Within relationships, we learn. Communicating was always something I wasn’t exactly comfortable with. My default was just to become emotional when things became too real. But slowly, I’m evolving.
The people in my life transform me every day. They listen to me and believe in me and that alone is incredibly motivational.
I recently shared childhood stories with my therapist. Stories about all those cruel kids who used to pick on me for many years. I knew that it had a deep impact on me, but I hadn’t realized that I was still letting it affect me in my everyday life. Point being, I know the past is done and gone. I can’t change it. I only wish to understand myself and feel comfortable about who I am. And so I am working on it.
The future me is more confident. The future me is more adjusted. The future me feels more stability. The future me also respects the present me. I know I have so far to go, but I believe in the gift of time. Every day is a new chance to see things in a new light. A chance to move on.
One day I hope to give a speech to a much larger audience than just my classroom. I hope that my words will touch lives. Above all, I hope to leave behind a lasting impression in the minds of others.