Here I sit in my morning chair, cup of coffee on the table, chihuahua cuddled up next to me. I love my life so much. I love watching the bird in the tree. I love my fake Christmas tree with its pretty lights. I love the luxury of a weekend before a week off. A 2nd week off. Plans for the day. Meet with friends. Enjoy a massage. Grade a set of math tests. Heaven.
I have been waiting for my word of the year to come to me. In the past, I have forced it, and then not been able to remember it throughout the year. That’s okay. But this year, I wanted a memorable one that fits me and grows with me where I’m headed. It was given to me yesterday. What a surprise! A word that is used against me as a professional in the area of public school teaching. Mastery.
My word of the year is definitely Mastery, but I am not yet sure why. When I looked it up there were some other words that I considered, namely mastermind, mind, and simply master. But since I was given “mastery”, I’m sticking with it. I like that it comes for the same root as “maestra”, or teacher.
I have long thought of myself as “jack of all trades, master of none”. Not, of course, in the handyman trades, but in a more academic, physical, spiritual, creative sense. I am a dabbler. I have come to terms with that in my fifties and seen its value. Now that I am quickly approaching a new decade of life, it seems that mastery is drawing me. I seek to master life.
I’m not done teaching, but I will be moving on in 5 years. I want to be a philosopher. Or a poet. A new breed of philosopher. A new breed of poet. I simply want to be a new breed. After I’m done working with youth in a public school setting, what will I do next? Share myself in a new way. A way I make up all by myself. I think I can amuse, enlighten, entertain, inspire with my thoughts. Does anyone read anymore? Will I have to do a podcast? Make videos? We shall see.
December 29, 2018