Reading is a sacred act for me. It’s a time that I disconnect from the exoteric world and envelop myself into the words on the page. Books are so important to my well-being that I consider it one of my values and responsibilities to spread that same love for reading to others.
As a reading teacher, I intentionally engage my students in a multitude of texts in hopes of expanding and exciting their minds and hearts. I show my students stories where the main characters are Hispanic, African-American and Asian-American, knowing that this representation gives them confirmation of their existence in this world. I carefully weave in stories about refugees, discrimination, religious persecution, and gender inequality in hopes of enlightening my students about the world around them. I do this because from reading I have learned some of life’s largest lessons and the words on a page have sometimes known me better than I’ve known myself.
Stress and anxiety run deep in my veins. I am very orderly and need things to be a certain way. I’m also a creative who likes to execute grand visions. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to get things done in small amounts of time because I need time to just think and overthink before I get to work. When I finally get to work, I have several drafts and aim for perfection. I put my all into my work, even sacrificing sleep on a regular basis to do a job well-done.
Wow, it’s 2018! It’s such a strange and exhilarating feeling to say this number out loud. 2018. The world is changing, albeit sometimes not for the better, and memories, experiences, and wisdom are continuing to be acquired… always for the better.
And, wow, I have not blogged in over a year. Uncovering this fact made me sad and definitely informed some of the resolutions I have made for this year. Before I share my resolutions let me just say that I absolutely love making resolutions.
I thrive on goal-setting and I use several opportunities throughout the year, both momentous and mundane, to sit down to reflect and resolve to do better.
As a firm believer on making SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals, here are a few I made for 2018 (note: this is a living list and may be adjusted or added onto!).
I never thought I could love a dog the way I love Zoe. I’m a clean and orderly person. I let some things slide here and there and, like Monica Gellar, I have a closet where I stuff things I don’t feel like dealing with. But for the most part, I’m extremely organized and by the book.
Zoe, on the other hand, is a delightfully chubby, mess. She sheds hair every millisecond of the day, she plops down for naps whenever she damn well pleases, she licks various parts of her body and then tries to lick others with that same tongue… the list goes on. Allowing Zoe into my life, to steal my heart, definitely is unlike me. Slowly but surely, it happened anyway. And I’m happier for it because from Zoe I’ve learned some very important things…
2015 has been a life-changing year for me. I traveled for months, exploring parts of the world that I’ve only dreamt about. I’m currently teaching English in a village of a developing country and I traveled rough, mountainous roads of Tajikistan to get here. And I left a secure job and career I expected to pursue the rest of my life, in order to embark on the world of academia.
It’s easy to feel alone when you’re going through a tough time. But you are not alone. Every single person, in some variance, has experienced or will experience the same universal truths as you. Find solace in this companionship, no matter how singular your problems feel. Without knowing it, many of us are leading parallel lives. The more people I meet, the more I realize how many fears, experiences and emotions I share with them. I hope this list of universal truths will help you realize that you are never alone, even when it feels as if you are.