As an English teacher, I am always reading. I read novels, I read children’s books, I read comic books. I read journal articles, I read newspapers, I read magazines. I read some of everything. I have favorite books, but I do not have a necessarily favorite genre.
My tenth grade class just started a book that I would consider one of my favorites; 1984. I remember reading this book sometime in my past. I can’t remember when I read it, but I remember how it impacted my thoughts on technology…Big Brother is REAL! (Heck, BB may be reading this blog…maybe he will even provide me with feedback. ha! ). One of the discussion questions that my students and I had today was: What if every message (social media, text, etc) was resurfaced for everyone to see…. 👀?
Ha! This made me think of how much I have grown! Hopefully we all can say this. My texts were an indicator of how much I was lead by my emotions. My texts and emails have also been indicators of how strong I have been. I cannot say that I will truly regret anything because I am human. I have erred just like the next. What if we all took the time to revisit messages? My texts and even social media accounts have been outlets for how I have felt during stages of my life.
Today, I received an email from an old colleague. We had about 17 messages on this particular email thread. The thread begin in 2016. We email each other pretty sporadically about life and its transitions. During this time we have gone through….#THISTHINGCALLEDLIFE…. What stood out to me was a personal encounter my colleague shared about a family member which ended with “…they’ll eventually figure it out..” This is important in our life’s journey. We have to walk in faith to figure it out. And we will always figure it if and only if we listen!
As you know, my mind wanders….I asked a very close person in my life: What is one lesson that you have learned in the past ten years. Their response made me realize just how simple life is….
We should learn from our mistakes, but the problem is many can’t apply those lessons to their lives….
#ThisThingCalledLife…be proud of how much you have grown! Don’t forget that we all have a past, but we all have the ability to change for the best.
Only revisit if you are going to make improvements…..Big Brother is watching us, so show just how amazing you are aiming to be~