Finally! We set foot to one of the best island in the world, La Isla Boracay which is situated in Panay Island, Philippines. It’s a 45 minute airplane ride from Manila to Caticalan and another… More
The poems I’ve created in the last 20 years were all sitting in my personal computer without being published. Maybe because I find it very emotional and encloses a lot of memories attached to it. I may not sound like Lang Leave or Shakespeare or Dante Aligheri but these were created because of an outburst of emotions that I never said out loud. Moments of tears, reflection and emotions turned into words.
I’d be so glad to share it you in the next posts.
But, Here’s the Compilation as well.
That was the article I wrote after getting what I dreamed of, 5 years ago – to become a trainer. It wasn’t an easy road to get through. Roadblocks, setbacks, hurdles, struggles and I must admit, I wasn’t prepared for the shit sandwich.
But first of all, what is a “Shit Sandwich”?
It was Elizabeth Gilbert who introduced that notion to me. Shit sandwich is the “shit” that comes along with your dream. It’s the struggles that you have to face and you should endure, for you to get into or stick with your dream. It’s the concept when someone tells you, “You can’t succeed!” because you are not enough. It’s the depression that you’d feel thereafter and these are the stormy days that you face just to become your dream.
If you are a singer, the shit sandwich that you should face is the booing of people while you perform and those people who’d belittle your talent, If you are a dancer, that is the crack in your bone that hinders you to perform well. For students, it’s the homework that you have to do and the projects that you have to finish. And for me, it’s the complexity of the whole dream of mine. Makes me think, “Do I really want this?”; something that I never saw coming.
As what I’ve read too, in one of John Maxwell’s book,
"The Punch that knocks you out is not necessarily the hardest one, but the one that you didn't see coming."
So, every struggle that you face, are there for a reason. To continuously ask you, “Do you really want this? if Yes, then, conquer me. You may quit anytime. Probably, this is not really your dream. Maybe this is a dream that was only imposed to you. A dream that you thought you wanted, but in reality, you don’t give a damn.“
I’ve also found an article too, where one famous writer, the author of Harry Potter Series, THE J.K Rowling, posted her rejection letters to her fans to give them inspiration to dream big and never let this shit sandwich come their way. Who would have known that someone like her has been rejected when she was starting. If she gave up, we would never have known, who Harry Potter is.
So, before I’d end up this article, I will leave you with the question, what shit sandwich are you willing to take for you to fight for your dream? Somethings we need to ponder on.
Just like Miracle Worker, Freedom Writers is another inspiring story about a teacher.
“Teachers have infinite influence to the youth”
This movie is about the burning passion of a teacher, to teach kids in rehab. Those kids that were constantly been involved in brawls, drugs and addiction. Kids who were homeless, abused and those that were victims of child violence. These kids were basically, the problem of the society who never see the importance of studying because of how they were raised and the lack of guidance from their family.
They were judged because of their juvenile records in jail and had been exposed to the darker side of this world.
It’s a story about a teacher named, Ms. Erin Gruwell who believed in the abilities and talents of these kids despite their attitude towards her in the beginning.
A tear jerking story it is, because of its tough start.Her students initially do not respect her because they were wounded from the inside. She made them believe how great they are by listening to their stories and by genuinely caring for them. They have trusted her and opened up to her because of her sincerity towards them, that soon gained their respect.
It was also a difficult time for her when she was trying to get more resources for her students. Her advocacy wasn’t supported by her boss and the school management because of their skepticism towards the success of her goal for her students.
She was able to turn the table around both for her students and the school by giving them hope that people can change. She was able to teach these kids real life lessons that has inspired them to become better individuals.
It was also an eye-opener on how a teacher should be. That their responsibility isn’t limited within the four corners of the classroom but also even outside of their school life – real life lessons that they can use even outside school.
They had been a family after that encounter and they were able to graduate high school (some of them graduated first in the family) because of Ms. G’s passionate gusto to teach them and help them. Another real life story which made it touch the hearts of its audience even more.
This movie made me learn that every person matters, every story counts. If we only have the guts to care about them, then we can turn the world around too.