You don’t have to have a degree in Education to be a teacher. I believe we are all teachers. It’s what you choose to teach that defines who you are. Last Sunday Jason and I met with some friends for lunch. All four of us have been employed as teachers at one point in our lives. We were talking about how if you really want to learn something, you should try to teach it. This is so true.
When I started teaching Kindergarten 5 years ago, I found myself loosing patience with adults outside of school. Because I spent 7 hours a day reinforcing the basic values of friendship and social skills, I had those same expectations for those around me in my adult life. I didn’t realize it, but I was relearning those simple life skills over and over each day – simple things like respecting others, being kind, sharing and expressing ones’ feelings with honesty and openness. Jason will attest to the fact that there are few things that frustrate me more than when I witness adult behavior that could be corrected with the skills learned in Kindergarten.
Jason and I have been encouraging others to Escape Adulthood now for the last 5 years, however I’m finding that now that my focus is shifted to teaching and encouraging adults, instead of five-year-olds, I am experiencing a steep learning curve. I am certainly not one of those teachers who say, ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ There are tons of resources out there for living a simpler life and acquiring the childlike faith to embrace life with peace and joy. However, living this lifestyle minute to minute is easier said than done. My goal is to share real ideas that will work and the inspiration to put these ideas into action. One of my favorite parts of Jason’s book is the eleven tips for each of the eight secrets, which makes 88 tips in all. I get so sick of articles and books that only talk theory. Give me some real-life practical ideas I can implement today. Our podcast is also a huge resource for ideas, encouragement, and inspiration as you make those daily choices that shape who you are. So, we will walk this journey together. As I embrace this lifelong lesson plan, I am elated to know that by the end of this lesson, maybe I, too, will have learned a thing or two.