“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – e. e. cummings
When I started teaching, I felt like I had to act like other successful teachers around me. I was constantly trying to copy the mannerisms and actions of other teachers. I thought in my mind this was how I was supposed to be successful. Success didn’t come like I thought it would. Sure, I had moments, but I felt I wasn’t reaching my full potential. Then the pandemic happened. Those first few months allowed me to reflect on who I was as a teacher. I realized I was not leaning into who I really am. I was trying to be other people, and it just wasn’t working. Starting last year, I started to be more like me. Teaching remotely gave me time to practice who I am. This year I have started to be more like me. I have used my sense of humor more this year, integrated more creativity, and found more ways to be me.
I took these photos last summer while I was visiting Anna Ruby Falls. These shots were taking on the way up to the top. It’s an easy walk with paved paths and bridges. The views on the way up are amazing. I couldn’t help but stop every few feet in order to snap the photos. Instead of 10-minute walk up, it took me about 20 minutes because I kept taking pictures. This drives my family crazy, but they are used to it now. It is a rare opportunity to see some amazing views without having to do a long hike. Every step of the way is amazing. Anna Ruby Falls about five minutes from Helen, GA. There are some fantastic places nearby. One of my favorite things to do is visit Fred’s Peanuts on the way back to Helen. If you love boiled peanuts, they have some of the best.
Here are some of my other posts about Anna Ruby Falls.
5 replies to “Me Being Me”
Hooray for showing up as your authentic self! And the photos are lovely, too. 🙂
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Good for you! Be yourself and you will do well. You are a true southerner if you enjoy boiled peanuts! :>)
I do love some good boiled peanuts. There are only a few places out there that make good ones!
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I lived many years in Rocky Mount, NC. They loved their boiled peanuts. My kids would bring them to school in a zip lock bag for their snack. :>)