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My mom just posted a story about Thomas Edison on my Facebook. I was going to comment all this there but I wanted to make a post of my own. I think that we can inspire others with our own humilities. School life and growing up are a big part of who we all are and this here is part of my main motivational speech! The video she posted is at the end of my post.
School was very hard for me but I made my way through it. Some parts became easier some stayed hard. Even today my reading skills are not like everyone else at my age, my memory retention for facts is terrible and taking a test as an adult is still one of the most nerve racking things ever. Also you can tell when I quickly write something without rereading it, it is littered with spelling and grammar errors. All this time: being held back a grade in elementary school, finding my depression in middle school, discovery my reading disability in high school, failing every Art History test I have ever taken in all 4 classes in college and I still passed . I was an art major and despite those failures I brought my design career to design director only to decide I wanted to follow my real passion 10 years later with no intention of going back to school.
I just did not like school. It was always so hard for me. Seeing the school systems today I probably would get sent home with a letter too. There is so much pressure put on these kids to learn quickly, tested to death, and wonder why there is so much of a behavior problem in the schools. They funnel in college at elementary level….college was not even a thing to be heard of till High School and I grew up in a higher class area too. They want to push college on so many kids only to graduate into a terrible job market!
I can’t change the governments standards for education…….Or can I? In the mean time I am going to continue to work on inspiring children and how to keep doing it better and in bigger ways. All while establishing myself as a big community member as well.
Through it all and up till right now I have battled many challanges and there are many more to come. One thing that will never stop is ME! I will not give up. My passions are easy and natural sharing them with the world is my journey and my destinations will be marked by speeches given over the rest of my life time.
I have been told by so many that I was dumb…Some of those close to me as well. But I don’t listen to those people and I stand today right now sitting on compliment after compliment about how much I know and how good I am at what I am doing. Not how much I know from a book but how much I know from real life and everything I have been so grateful to experience in it.
Stay positive. The road you are meant to be on is not the easy road. Never quit your journey and don’t listen to closely to other people’s negative judgement when you already know who you are.
“Chase your purpose and success will follow.”
Not sure who wrote this but I like it. I have chased down a lot of challenges in my life and came out on top. I am not one to give up. I have many talents, many things I am good at but I am not one to brag. Just to name a few I am an excellent photographer, an excellent baker and cake decorator, and an excellent graphic designer. I have 10 years of experience in graphic designer I was amazing at it but it was not my purpose. I am good at reading people’s minds and emotions, I am good at helping other people at all times, and I am good at staying true to myself. I am good at standing up for what is right, standing up for what is fair, and treating others the way I want to be treated.
All my life people tell me I am such a great person: “you will make a great husband and father someday,” “If I was not married I would date you in a 2nd,” “how are you not married?”
I am so good at so many things but there are things I am not good at or not good at anymore. Soccer, I used to be great at soccer. I have never really been good at bringing in the ladies! I have never really been good at being less feminine. Though I have had a huge phase in my life I was wildly popular I have never really been good at finding friends. I have never really been good at common social conversations, you know like current events, movies, shows, music.
I am not looking for praise or for people to feel sorry for me but I do know this through everything I found my passion! Positivism and children…..oh man! Two passions? Yes, but they work so well together. I never payed any attention to how good I am with kids. I look back in the past and look at me now, I have huge connection with children. They look up to me, they listen to me and they are inspired buy me. I can make a connection with a child from across the room that I never met. Every baby I have ever met has started smiling around me, every single one. Now that I work with children the positive connection is overwhelming. So many things pouring into my brain. But here is the easy part, I walk into my job, I don’t even try and I just be me and I seem to be walking on a red carpet as a celebrity to these kids. It’s stronger then ever this year. Some kids I don’t even know but the want to know me. I know this is normal for all teachers to have little kid followers but man I feel like I have 100’s! I do not spend very much time outside my classroom with the other students but it seems the morsels of time I do interact with them I seem to inspire them and I seem to add a little positivism to their lives.
I walk into my job, tough as can be, with little pay as a teacher assistant to special needs kids and I walk in positive. I walk in to make a difference in my students lives and everyone’s really. Most of the teachers don’t know I have had a depressing past, they just see Mr. Positive. Most teachers don’t know I am shy behind my overly delightful greetings. Most teacherz probably think I am weird and they could not be more right. I am weird, I am different, and I am awkward, but I am one of a kind. Positivism is my life. It is not natural to me but it is my passion and each time I seem to not be going anywhere in life I can look back and see how much closer I am to my purpose then ever before. People compliment me on my positivism with no Idea I used to be good at being negative and wanting to die. But I am happy I am in a place where positivism and great with kids is what they know about me because that’s my life now.
Now what I hear is. “Man you are great with kids,” “how many kids do you have?”(0) “What did you go to school for (I went to school for graphic design). “How long have you been doing this?” (4th year only)
I have be working with kids as a profession for just over 3 years. I have been working on being Mr. Positive, aggressively for about 5 years. I have found my passions and combined I will be a great motivator for children. I have found my purpose and I am delighted with the success but there is more to come. It has to get harder before it gets easier. I have to learn before I can advocate. I have to research before I can present. I have to keep living life the way I am to learn what I can to be the most child friendly positive person you will ever meet. I have a bright and powerful future ahead for me I just have to make it thorough the struggles to get there. I have to be stronger and I have to learn more. I have to be me and that is the easiest thing any of us can do, be ourselves.