As a young person, I can truly say that I am led by my passions. My heart sometimes takes over my mind and I follow it too much. Passion leads me to do a lot of things; in fact, passion led me into the career path that I am chasing after right now. An individual’s passion can ignite a spark within them that is hard to dim or ignore. That being said, I believe passion has a great place in education and learning.
If you had the freedom to learn anything in the world, what would you choose? This is the question being posed to me this week, and, to be honest, I’m not sure what the answer to it is. My biggest issue is that I am passionate about too many things to make a decision on this. My biggest passions include loving Jesus, family, friends, reading (a lot!), teaching the future generations, and learning continuously (just to name a few). I love to try new things and attempt to be adventurous from time to time. Lately, I’m trying to be passionate about being physically active and taking care of myself. (This one is a little trickier. Insanity is killing me right now.) My friends and family truly lead me to follow and pursue my passions. They are always encouraging and loving (even when my ideas are stupid). I’m passionate about a lot of things; how can I possibly pick one to focus on?
At this stage in life, my identity is important to me. I understand how cliché this is: a 20-year-old talking about finding herself. However, it’s something that I certainly believe in. It doesn’t have to be corny; it just means that I want to be myself at all times without worrying what others think of me. I believe that I can do this by following what I’m passionate about. I want to find my passions so that I can use them to further my learning. This, in turn, will help me become a better teacher. My experiences will help me lead a classroom full of bright eyed, passionate students some day. I want to find my passions so that someday I can help others do the same. That is why I’m excited about this project; I want to delve further into my true passions so I can find a way to help others with their own.
So, what will I choose to truly pursue these next few weeks? As I’m writing this blog post, I can honestly say that I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be doing. Should I dive further into my reading and explore new and different genres that will act as both a mirror inwards and a window outwards? Would I rather try to do something with my physical activity (because, let’s face it: if it’s for a grade, I’ll really try)? Or, should I push deeper into my relationship with God, focusing on expanding my prayer life? As I’m typing, I can feel my brain starting to churn; I’m starting to get excited because these are all things that I truly enjoy. I think that any of these choices will help me grow as a person, a learner, and a future educator. As for what I pick, stay tuned…