I am journeying through an endless route. though one unstable, and barely sustainable – this is what has found me and where I am meant to be in this moment.
these years of teaching and learning alongside unique individuals, has richened my quality of learning and living. the challenging experiences of which i’ve encountered has deepened my knowledge of our human nature, our abilities to learn and grasp skills and concepts, and our differences and difficulties likewise; rendering us, such unique sparkles in this greying age of society. education, has never occurred to me as something advantageous to myself. i’ve always hoped my guidance, would shed a light; once unseen, unknown of. an opportunity for those around me, to realise their potential brewing beneath their shortcomings. i’ve always believed in the value of every soul (even when it was difficult to visualise the worth my own) my approach has shifted immensely over the years. some call this change, but i’d like to call it growing – both of which are inevitably interconnected.
i am grateful to be steered into this direction; be it through nature’s force or an innate will of my own. in a formal teaching approach, discipline is used as a method of restricting students into developing mannerisms which are deemed ‘socially correct’. discipline is necessary; however the way in which it is carried out, determines how it is reacted upon, and extended throughout a child’s life. the contributing factors to a child’s development are countless, though discipline is one i recall having experienced most, growing up. it’s authoritative hand, was a punishment- one to be feared and wept after.
surely, embracing one’s individual qualities is an essential part of holistic learning. yet, why is this such a challenge for parents, educators, members of society? does this disconnection exist in our inability or refusal to accept what is foreign to us?
an interference with a child’s natural learning ability and development, could at first seem as harmless as telling them ‘this is wrong’ or ‘no, you’re not doing this correctly’. it is vital for us to walk into mistakes and failures alike; and decide if this is what’s right for ourselves. this is an essential part of self-growth and one to be uncovered by ourselves. sure, a little help along the way would be great – but let that be a voice of encouragement. place aside superiority of being a greater other, simply because you are years ahead in experience; does not put a cap to your learning capacity.
growth, does not require a defined path. plants no matter how withered or luscious, grow in directions not only vertical. they swirl, and whirl themselves around and under – but always towards the light.
let this be a reminder, that there is no ascertained way of growing, of learning.