Take a look at what I learned from writing an imaginary story in school
Listening to my teacher review our story while returning said homework to us, I was waiting with baited breath. We’d been asked to write about something that happened during our weekend. Same old, nothing new, right?
For some reason that I don’t recall I’d chosen to imagine an adventure, something I wished had been part of my weekend. I was so proud of what I’d written. I didn’t usually put my imagination on paper, usually I didn’t share it at all. Writing that story was a very brave move for me, a huge risk.
What he said crushed me to the core. I felt my face go bright red, tears welled in my eyes and I wished with every part of my being that I was anywhere but there. Had the floor opened up, I’d have jumped right on in and hoped it closed over top of me.
All these years later, I can still recall the intensity of my feelings. I felt embarrassed. I felt humiliated.
More than that, I was fuming. I was outraged. I’d put my neck on the line, used my imagination to dream up a fun story that I’d had fun conjuring up and writing out. His treatment of me caused me to give up on writing. He’d told me my writing wasn’t good enough, that I was unworthy and no good to even have written such a story.
As a result of that moment, I went through the motions in his class for the rest of the year. I did enough to pass my courses and that was all. I left school at the end of that year.
Enduring his class for the balance of that year really tested my strength. I remember counting down the weeks till school finished.
What I learned about myself through that experience is that I’m stronger than I realised.
I firmly believe his comment was extremely inappropriate in front of my entire class. Nevertheless, it occurred.
As a result, I chose to become more self-contained and self-sufficient. I resolved to get through the rest of the school year in survival-mode, self-protection mode, which resulted in me feeling safer.
Every moment of our lives is an opportunity to choose.
In that instance, my choices were based on protecting me.
Nowadays, I choose to make my choices based on my values, vision and mission.
What is your basis for making choices?
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