Life can be so damn weighty
crushing in some ways, especially for kids.
There's a river of insanity-fear-based thinking running through the heart of our schools, driving the way teachers teach and students learn, so much emphasis placed on numbers
on SAT scores and GPA
what are you doing
where are you going
what's your game plan
what do you want to be
who are you going to be
come on come on come on come on
pant pant pant
In response to this breathlessness,
We threw a different kind of ESU Saturday
We got on our mats.
We talked, wrote.
We had The Fantastic 4:
4 fantastic college students from the ESU Art Association take time out of their Saturday to be with our high school students in the most open-hearted way. They shared stories about their own college journeys, each one was so different, and not always linear the way we like to think things should go.
Life ain't a straight line, right?
Angel, Matthew, Evelyn and David...
During circle time, how I love circle time!
A student said,
"Well, when I was fourteen I was pretty lost but I think I know what I want to do now." she's 16
Matthew, one of the Fantastic 4 said,
"I think you're supposed to be lost when you're fourteen."
It was such an ease-filled morning,
just hanging out
+ a little body art a teeny tiny bit addictive
A question was posed:
What, if anything, are you seeking?
Angel the angel at the top of the page wrote
I'm seeking my own. What I mean by my own is independence. I don't want to sound like a typical teenager that wants to be free but I do want to be free. I'm seeking happiness and adventure. I want to be different and change things for myself.
That afternoon, Angel of the pink hair texted me:
Hey Ms. Jackson
I'm having such a good day now
I feel great
Thank you very much!
here's to being different.
here's to changing things for ourselves.
here's to independence and freedom
here's to more Inspiration Saturdays and Mondays and...
here's to finding our own.