I have opinions. I have thoughts. My experiences have shaped me to become the person I am today. Better than I was yesterday, but not yet as good as I hopefully will become tomorrow.
Why do I choose to write these thoughts down, to share them in a blog?
Well, it originally started as an assignment requirement while studying. But then I got hooked.
I love how blogging is showing how grateful I am to the suffragettes and other feminists who have fought over the years for the opinions of women to matter. For women to be able to voice their thoughts without fear of reprisal. To speak up for women, for girls who will become women, and for boys who will have relationships with women.
I love how my blogs strike a chord in people. https://ateacherislikeacandle.wordpress.com/2020/08/16/why-i-write/And not always a positive one! Just like what I foster in my classroom, I recognise that I’m not always right. My blogs allow me to learn new things and to experience criticism and rejection, accepting them with humility and grace.
I love how my blogs give people who are not teachers small glimpses into the classrooms of today. If they make even one person stop and consider that teachers should be valued more, paid more, acknowledged more, I would consider that a victory.
I love to think that my blog is the story of my life. It represents a synergy of all that I have experienced, accomplished, learned and think is important. It’s my journey and my truth. It reveals all that is significant, all that matters most to me. It will keep these things on record even when I’m gone.
I love how blogging allows me to say things that I wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to say. A big part of me is an introvert who enjoys being able to process and calculate my thoughts before publishing them.
And most of all, I love how blogging forces me inward. To examine myself. To constantly reflect. To remain constantly in awe of the things in my life. My job, my family, my surroundings.
Because of my blog, here’s what I know; I don’t know what I think until I read what I write. And the best candles are the ones who lead examined lives.
Blogging forces me to never stop chiseling my stone.
And if my ideas spark some thought in another which leads to an action, that brings about some good? Then all the better!
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