It’s always a fine line, being a teacher.  We have to be very careful, and rightfully so, because we are teaching someone else’s children.  So, in this study of values and beliefs, I find that it’s next to impossible for me to model what I want the kids to do, because I find myself being somewhat invulnerable, stifled, and filtered, partially because I do not want to walk that line of what’s appropriate or inappropriate for kids, but also because certain things they’re just not ready to understand.

And so I thought, while watching Sarah Kay’s TED Talk, what would I truly say if I could be completely unfiltered?  What would I want to communicate?

But that’s the thing that we have to remember, as teachers, is that it’s not about us.  It’s about the kids.  Perhaps they think I’m being 100% vulnerable, and I suppose that’s all that matters.

Regardless, here are 10 things I believe to be true–unfiltered.

(1) It’s never too early for something, but it’s always entirely possible that it’s too late.

(2) You can’t say “I love you” too much or too often.

(3) Losing yourself temporarily only gives you a chance to find yourself later.

(4) The only way to get something truly right is to completely mess it up first.

(5) Everyone’s a little bit gay.

(6) Everyone’s a little bit straight.

(7) Sheltering children does not preserve their innocence; it creates uninformed and unintelligent beings, hardly prepared for anything that’s truly out there.

(8) Progress is uncomfortable, and in order to make progress, you need to make people uncomfortable.

(9) You are simultaneously unimportant and integral to the world’s functioning.

(10) You deserve to be loved, just for being alive, so accept love every chance you can.

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