Today someone shared a poem with me that made me think about life on a deeper level. The poem is called ABC by Theo Weinbobst. It is a concrete poem where the author writes one word for each letter in the alphabet starting at A and going to Z. The poem is not just random words, but rather it tells the story of our life. It starts with the German word for infant [Anfang] and ends with Zentralfriedhof, which means central cemetery.
I had a moment where I starting thinking about my life and I realized that I was going to die one day. It may seem like a grim topic, but it is the truth. It is like this moment or date that is waiting for me and there is nothing that I can do about it.
As I was reading the poem I started to think about how many of us experience life in milestones. These could be graduations, marriage, breakup, loosing your job, promotions, etc. For some of us it really follows a similiar pattern. We go to school, get married, have kids, they grow up, we retire, get a summer home, get older, our friends start to pass, our body starts to go, then we are in a waiting period, and then finally our time comes and we go. This life, the only thing that we know ceases and we find out the truth of the after life.
Usually people do not write about things like these on educational blogs, but I started to think about what I could do with my short life. We all have a time here to do something before we go, what will it be? What will our life work be? How will we accomplish it?
They say that teaching is a very noble profession because we are investing in the lives of others. I think if I had to pick a way to spend my life work, I would agree with this statement. What a great way to spend your life work, helping others and supporting them. We should never underestimate the influence that we can have in our students lives. It should be something that we think about often because the rest of the world is not. The world wants to chew them up, but we can inspire. I know that it all sounds idealistic, but it is true, we really can inspire and make a difference in thousands of lives.
We should keep this in mind when we get down throughout the year and start to doubt our purpose.