Growing up, I was raised with the expression, “it’s a long way from your heart.” It was my parents’ way of saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. With two parents as health care professionals, it was difficult to get attention for anything that wasn’t going to make you bleed out on the floor. Gruesome as this may sound, I am grateful for the grit, resilience, and determination that this approach has helped me take in my life. It was a fall down, pick yourself up, and dust yourself off approach to failure. Keep putting one foot in front of the other.
What I find interesting as I take time to reflect today, is that being raised with an “it’s a long way from your heart” approach led me to a career that’s all heart. Each day I try to understand the heart of the issues with my students; I aim to gain a greater understanding of the reasons why people do what they do, and I respond in my actions with my own heart. My heart is in this teaching role. It’s there, equally matched with my head and my desire to learn. But it’s my heart that guides me every day. When I’m hurting or struggling, or trying to find a better way, I remind myself to just keep putting one foot in front of the other.