This exchange happened today in my classroom:
Student: Why are you so awesome?
Me: See my to-do list on the wall over there? (pointing to the whiteboard by my desk) What does the last thing on it say?
Student: Be awesome.
Me: It’s on my to-do list every day: be awesome. I don’t know any other way to be. That’s why.
And it’s true: I don’t know any other way to be. I don’t wake up in the mornings and say to myself I am just going to half-ass this day. There is something deep inside me that won’t let such a thing happen and be okay with it. I’m simply not wired for anything less than awesome. That might sound super egotistical, but it is what it is. This is how I have been my entire life.
This is problematic.