A friend introduced me to Annie F. Downs this past year, and I *very* quickly turned into a fan. Binge listen to her podcast? Check. Follow her on all the places? Check. Buy her books? Check. Read her books? Check.
She’s SO great!
As I’ve listened to her podcast (That Sounds Fun), I’ve heard her talk about “savor this”. When I heard her talk about it on Instagram, I knew that I
wanted needed this somewhere in my classroom this year to remind me of it throughout the year. Below is what she said in her Instastory.
“I try to rush through every single thing I do, and I want to move on to the next thing and I don’t like living like that. So for the last year and a half I’ve been saying to myself, thanks to Jenn, I want to savor everything. I want to be right in the middle of where I am and really appreciate it, even if it’s heartbreak, even if it’s hard. If it’s awesome, I want to be right in the middle of it.”
I heard that and immediately thought of me in my classroom.
How many times toward the end of a class period am I already thinking ahead to the next one? How many times do I catch myself wishing it were the 3:30 (or the weekend, or Christmas break, or summer)? How many times do I just want to get through *that class* because I know/think the rest of my day will be better after that? How many times do I wish I was done with the current concept so we could move on to one of my favorites? How many times do I miss out on something amazing going on in my classroom because I’m too busy thinking ahead to the next thing?
This happens a lot more often than I’m willing to admit.
So that is my goal for this upcoming school year not only in my classroom but also in life.
I want to be right in the middle of whatever is going on. Not planning the next thing or worrying about anything and everything. I want to savor and enjoy and be present with whatever is going on.