Message: Avoid Losing Yourself In Your Work
ln my parent's native patois dialect "Wah Gwan! Mi hope every ting cris"
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So what's this post about?
I am hardly personable or expressive about my trials and tribulation online. I kept a lot of it to myself up to chapter 27. Despite feeling nervous about disclosing this particular testimony, I feel the need to now because it may help someone who can relate.
I became a licensed High School English Teacher (ELA) in 2016 and kickstarted my career in a charter school. The following year, I spontaneously got a call about a vacancy at a juvenile facility to teach incarcerated youth ELA and prepare them to pass their regents or GED exam. Although this was not in my future plans, I went to the interview and accepted the position because my intuition told me that this opportunity was bigger than helping incarcerated youth gain academic success. I felt that they needed to renew their mentality by developing positive thinking habits. After listening to their perspective on their community and themselves, I knew their only goal couldn’t be to go to college when they were released. They needed divine intervention and healing in my eyes because they were victims of severe trauma, which led them to commit the crimes some admitted to committing. Fast forward to after serving 4 years, I was surprised by how consumed I was by their experiences and my journey with coping through it. The facility also exposed me to the essence of political bullshit and the classroom restrictions tainted my teacher philosophies. (I can dive deeper into my experience working in a juvenile facility but that friends, I’ll save for a future post.)
Freedom is a belief.
It is not an object that you obtain,
a concept that you learn, a dimension
of life that you enter, or a human right
that can be taken away.
Let's take this moment to understand
Freedom as a mindset.
Let's take a moment to make a choice that frees you instantly: let go of negative thoughts. Simply accept where you are and who you are now.
A free mind is a free life to everyone that sees.
Imagine that moments of fear, anxiety,
and depression are moments when
your heart cries out from your mind to be set free!
Imagine that all along it's been you against you,
refusing to change the perception
that changes your reality.
We ought ‘a start accepting that sense of Freedom.
We better start realizing that Freedom isn’t
relying on an experience, predicament, or a system
to become better for you to be better.
Let's not become stagnant but present in order to master Freedom’s dominant trait: adaptability.
Monique is a teacher, entrepreneur, mother, and writer. She wears multiple hats due to her mission - living her best life unapologetically as if every day is her last day. She aspires to help all people with personal development and their health and fitness journey.