Have you ever had one of those weeks that felt nothing less than a roller coaster of emotions? I am NOT referring to those weeks that are taken hostage by hormotional moments, I am talking about weeks when you are grounded, stable, feel great, and yet life seems to take you through ups and downs.
This week has been one of those weeks for me with many ups and downs.
Things are going so well for me at work and with my job, my family is so loving and supportive and I am so honored to have them in my life. I am looking at opportunities to embrace but now in the present and long-term goals for my future. This places me in a wonderful position in my life.
I often talk about how I appreciate my colleagues, but I also appreciate the parents and the students I work with. They are so open, so warm, so welcoming, so willing to partner with us in order to make our school better for our community. The students are adorable. I love that they shout my name as I walk by and I LOVE walking into the preschool and feeling as though I am as important as the president, as the children wave hello to me excitedly. I really have an amazing job!
Yet, there are areas where I am trying to learn and grow where I have been very frustrated this past week. I am disappointed when I am judged based on parts of me I have no control over, rather than the content of my character. When people judge me because of my adopted children or my family or my cultural background I am so saddened. There are so many wonderful, open, understanding people in this world…. yet there are also those few who are scared of anything different from what they know. The fear is real and they feel threatened… and they, sadly, judge people on outside appearances, rather than character.
I am so proud of our world… so many countries are learning and growing constantly – people are challenging themselves to reach out in love and acceptance in ways that many never thought were possible. Many positive steps have been taken, and I hope they continue to be – some days I feel as though that cannot happen soon enough.
Today, 103 days ’til 40, I am happy at the end of my roller coaster week. I am happy because I have hope that our world is heading in the right direction. I am happy because deep down I have to believe that some day people will be able to put their judgements and biases aside and treat individuals with respect based on their character.