“Telling Your Story” - Respect for Teachers

This past week I had the pleasure of teaching an evening seminar at the K-12 school I attended for twelve years. “Telling Your Story.” It was a class outside of the core curriculum offered to high school students, faculty, and alumni. The focus being: storytelling through film. We went through technicalities regarding outlines, controlling ideas, and Three-Act structures, but most importantly, dove into the abstract. Why do we feel the way we do when watching certain scenes? Why did the camera move that way? What makes a story “effective” or “successful?”… Just a few of the questions we came across…

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It’s ironic that I find myself teaching these days. I hated school. I was an ignorant kid. Growing up and gaining experience has made me realize how valuable education truly is. If there’s any opportunity to give back to the community that helped shape who I am today, there’s no doubt I’m gonna take it. It’s an experience that I hope everyone can have.

I don’t believe that we are ever masters of anything; we are always learning. Something I struggle with is a major inferiority complex that plagues me in every set of circumstances I come across - “am I good enough?” It’s taken me a lot of time to realize that I never will be “good enough.”

I became a gym trainer in 2017, and I quickly discovered that fellow coaches, trainers, and nutritionists take it upon themselves to continue to study their respective fields. They also continue their performance inside of the gym as well; our skill sets are in constant fluctuation.

Regarding coaches and athletes, life can sometimes make it hard to squeeze in time for the gym; setting back any gains made. However, those gains and personal records will never be anything more than a constant climb — because it’s all about the process.

Flawlessness doesn’t exist! I often find myself not even trying things because I knew I wouldn’t be “great” from the get-go, suffering from perfection paralysis. Perfection is completely subjective. Let’s say I reach a peak, is it even a peak? Whose peak is it? It’s about enjoying the climb. Teachers are still subjects of learning. Coaches are still athletes. We are all on the same boat. However, there are some people who take the time to share their rocky roads of mistakes, obstacles, and “success,” for the benefit of others.

This realization has given me a newfound respect for teachers and coaches alike. It takes a humble human being to help students learn, day-after-day, to better themselves for the long-haul. Teachers share their own experiences, observations, and insights; giving us a glimpse into their personal journeys as human beings. They are storytellers in their own right.

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