I am having a crappy day. Beyond crappy. In fact it’s the kind of crappy that I should be excited about because there’s nowhere else to go but up. Still, I’m not going to sit around and sulk all day — I don’t have time for that. Nor am I going to call my mother and complain about how my life sucks (because it really doesn’t, it just seems to suck at the moment). I’m not going to cry, not going to pull my hair, spend the day in bed, or stuff my face with potato chips either. No. Instead I’m going to remind myself that today, like all other crappy days, too will pass. Because there is nowhere to go but up. A truth I know, and have known since grade school.
I was lucky. I went to a school where teachers and coaches alike taught encouragement. Oh, sure, I did my fair share of word problems, read the Newbery award winners, failed one spelling test after another, and basically plodded along through reading, writing, and arithmetic like everyone in every school did, but I was fortunate to have teachers that not only encouraged me to strive for excellence, but also taught me that progress doesn’t come without setbacks.
See life isn’t a bowl of cherries. It’s full of bitter lemons, sweet plums, and mangos that leave stringy bits in between your teeth. And it’s the skills, or coping mechanisms if you will, that we’re taught when we are young that help us appreciate the bitterness, the sweetness and all the in-betweens equally. And maybe, just maybe, if a little more reassurance was sprinkled on the young, then we’d have better adjusted adults, able to understand that disappointments and struggles are necessary to get us where we want to go. Think about it … maybe that’s the key to ending a world where a bad day can send someone into a fury that harms others. Maybe, Just maybe.
Today’s post inspired by my terribly horrible rotten day, and the Daily Prompt: The New School — “You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?” So clearly, I’d add a life-skills class to the core subjects. And not passing wouldn’t be an option.