Today is National Teachers day!
Take a moment today and thank your favorite teacher for everything they’ve done! We might not realize this, but the lessons taught in schools go deeper than just addition or biology. Life lessons come about in regular conversation, within discourse, or from being within same walls of a classroom for any amount of time.
One of the greatest lessons I have been taught in all my long years (yes, all 24 of them) was given to me by my guitar professor Mark Pawkett. I had the great pleasure of seeing him again and he is the embodiment of everything he has ever taught me; each lesson delving deeper into the real world than into scales and chords, we did that stuff too. Compassion, love, passion, perseverance, a leader; the picture of personal growth. A true mentor and a role-model.
“Always be better than the person you were yesterday…”
It was a long and tough week of school, around a time in which many my age have a lot of questions that need answering. Where we’re going, what we’re going to do, how we’re going to do, when, why- how could anyone know it all? The lesson that day was scales, but the same scales as last week… could’ve been from the week before as well. “I suck, I should’ve done this… done that… They do this better than me” every excuse in the book.
“You don’t suck. You just suck right now, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Stop worrying so much and just do you, do what you need to do to get through these scales. At the end of the day, you shouldn’t be trying to be better than someone else. You should always be better than person you were yesterday, so go practice!”
“You don’t suck… You just suck right now.”
Tough lessons are like lemons, if life tosses your way it’s all about what you do with that lemon. That’s the beauty of teachers and mentors, they can act as a shining light when your life is clouded by lemons.
Thanks again to all the amazing teachers within each and every one of our lives- without you who knows where we’d all be!