This week my focus is on reflecting on my past, present, and future. For the sake of becoming a better me, I’ve decided to reflect on different moments, that will continue to drive me towards achieving my goals this year. Today’s reflection is one of the past. This reflection is a reminder to be true to you.
On this particular weekend, I had the pleasure of checking out Eddie B’s comedy show with my fellow educators. For those of you that don’t know, Eddie B is a teacher turned comedian. He takes his show on the road during the weekend and his target audience is, you guessed it, TEACHERS! He has sold out comedic shows and even though I’m sure non-teachers would understand his stand up act, he knows it isn’t for everybody and is committed to his target audience.
Attending his show reminded me that it’s important to be true to you.
Whatever it is you’re doing in life you have to know and understand first who you are. Once you have an understanding of who you are, then you are more likely to tape into your purpose. No one else can dictate your purpose. If you know in your heart that you are living in your purpose no one can take that away from you. You have to believe that whatever is meant for you will be.
In order to really zone in on your purpose, you have to tune in to those things that make your heart smile. You can’t aspire to be a singer solely because you love Beyonce. Don’t go after a job just for the money. Eventually, even though the checks are rolling in looking mighty nice, your spirit isn’t getting its payment. Do the things that YOU love to do, even if you feel the market is “over saturated” or your interest may not be the “popular” thing within your circle. Go after those things that get you excited. Partake in things that you could be working at for hours but it only feels as though seconds have passed.
Being a teacher comes with its ups and downs, but one thing that money can’t buy is the accomplishment of helping a child develop. I teach children how to read, strategize, critically think. I mold young minds. As I finish up my Master’s in counseling, I recognize that going into the mental health field is most definitely not a popular service in the black community. Hopefully, I can change the stigma attached to therapy. I’ve recognized everyone doesn’t like to read books (EVEN THOUGH YOU SHOULD), but that won’t deter me from completing my next book. I’m working on so many different projects this year, with myself being the front-runner.
If I don’t accomplish anything else this year I will be unapologetically authentically Whitni.
Thanks for reading. Stay Selfish.