All my life I’ve been a dreamer, a planner, a goal setter. I always had a 5-year plan, a 10-year plan, a bucket list. I always knew where I was headed and I usually got there. I’m also pretty good about learning from the past and moving on, rather than dwelling on mistakes and failures. I’m a hopeless optimist and can always find something good even in the worst times. Yet, prior to my daddy’s passing, I was never real good about enjoying the moment. As I look back at my life, I have to say that I have been blessed. I’ve had great experiences and great people to share them with, but I’m often so concerned about what I need to do next or reflecting about yesterday, that I don’t truly enjoy today. Even though, it’s been six years, I’m still struggling to enjoy the moment. As a mom, I’m so concerned about college that I’m not treasuring the moments in elementary and middle school. As teachers, we get so concerned about EOGs, EOCs and ACCESS scores that we don't savor the magic of every day. We plan and prepare, even for the unexpected, but how about those moments in between - those teachable moments that are not quantifiable on a standardized test.
While I still have goals and dreams, my number one aspiration right now is to develop the ability to enjoy every second of every day. As a wife, mom and educator, it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the planning and scheduling to make sure we meet our goals, that we just don’t sit back and enjoy the ride. Time flies, our students will graduate, our kids will leave home and we will retire. I want to cherish every moment so that when I look back, it’s not all a blur, but rather a beautiful collage of happy times.
I’ll end this with another one of my favorite quotes, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present” (author unknown).