For as long as I can remember, I understood the boundless potential of words. There have never been too many things I’m certain of, but when I read words on a page or I write down my own, I can feel as though i’m part of a much bigger picture. I feel like I’m having a shared experience.
When I was younger, and still now, I never understood the phrase “Actions speak louder than words.” I understand that many actions have permanent consequences, but words can also hold that same power. I remember two distinct experiences from when I was little, both with different consequences, and both were initiated through just a few words.
When I was in middle school, I remember a neighbor of mine who was around the same age as me being bullied on the bus. One of the children told her, “You’re dirty because you live in a trailer.” She absorbed that information, and undoubtedly carried it around with her for a lifetime. However, the short term consequences were a bad day and many tears. On the other end of the spectrum, I too lived in a trailer. I was from the same neighborhood. Yet, what I can remember most is what one teacher said to me. She said, “You can be anything you want with your kind heart.” It didn’t matter where I came from, or who I was. Her positive words made me believe that I mattered, and I was capable of anything.
This brings me to the purpose of this blog, and where I am in my life. I’m in my 3rd year as a teacher, happily married, and working towards being the best version of myself that I can be. I feel like i’m in a place to share my thoughts and experiences in an effort to help others. I want to take quotes that others have crafted, and analyze those quotes to understand the human experience and emphasize that we all are much more alike than different.
If you’re interested in going on this journey with me, I’ll be making a post once a week. Feel free to share some of your favorite quotes with me, and I may choose to write about one of them. This is a place to feel included, important, and most importantly, understood. This is a big step for me and a true dream, and I want to share it with you.
As Albus Dumbledore said, “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” I would have to say I wholeheartedly agree.