Who are you going to be?
As an elementary school teacher, I get to come in contact with a lot of kids, their siblings, and their parents. The question that always arises is, "What are you going to be when you grow up?" The kids, not me.
All of us adults had dreams as kids of what we were going to be. Cowboys, police officers, firefighters, astronauts, you name it. But, so many of us grew up to be other things. Not unimportant things, just other things. We became nurses, accountants, truck drivers, magicians, musicians, welders, and yes, teachers.
I've had some amazing teachers in my life. Some were teachers themselves, some were magicians, some were family members. Those teachers I remember most may not have been noticed in their field, but they made an impression on me somehow. After much thought, I realized they were the ones who taught me the everyday things. Those things I said I, "would never use!" They taught me that it's the little things that make the most difference. Mathematicians could never do calculus without knowing that 2x5=10. It's the little things that matter the most. From the little things grow the great things.
So, as you travel down the road of life, don't forget about who taught you those little things. Those people who you thought were unimportant, may just end up being that "Amazing Teacher", that you talk about later. And while you're at it, hold the door for someone. It's the little things that matter.
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