This week my many thanks go out to my students. Each day they keep it real and remind me that life must go on. Many are struggling through teenage highs and lows while also attempting to figure why mom lost her job, dad and mom fight all the time, where tonight’s meal will come from, or how to find a job to help out.
My 10th graders are currently reading Tuesdays with Morrie. At the beginning of this journey, many hesitated about reading through the life of an “old man and a young man”. What possibly could we learn about life from this, they thought. Tuesdays has always been my favorite book to teach. The discussions that usually result are heart warming and heart wrenching at the same time. They question death, the evilness around them, statuses, the economic down fall, money, and family dynamics. Together, we dig into life. Why does life suck, they wonder. In the end, they agree that Life is what it is; hard, painful, and meaningful at the same time. Some believed that the grass is greener on the other side, in fact they thought my grass was luscious, kelly green. I shared with them that I question the same things almost every day. The economic down fall has hit our household as well; frugal living, a home that seems unsellable in this market, making less money, and questioning why sometimes life seems like an uphill battle.
Through these sharings and heart filled moments, I have learned that there are many blessings all around and that Life is a battle for all. Yes, sometimes the grass seems greener elsewhere, but down the street or around the corner are barren spaces, dry patches, or a black hole where a lawn, home, or life used to be.
Thank you students. You amaze me with your willingness to persevere despite being dealt a crappy hand, bad luck, or the daily journey through teenageship. Thank you for your attentiveness through your Life struggles. Most importantly, thank you for teaching me about Life and how to keep on trucking. I’m humbled.
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
Searching for the little things that make Life great.