Back to School

Posted on June 22, 2010

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Do you remember what it used to be like to be in a classroom? When the greatest challenge you ever faced was making it through the day without getting a single remark in your school calendar from an over zealous teacher? When you meticulously ‘polished’ your white canvas shoes every Wednesday morning, to make them ready for Mass P.E.?

As time went by, the kind of events that took place in a classroom evolved, and you evolved with them. Your pen replaced your No. 2 pencil, your desk partner was a lot more interesting, and if you were lucky, a cute member of the opposite sex. Your classmates were three times larger in number, and your tutors held you in class for twice as long. Most importantly, you felt twice as confused as you might have felt when you were in school.

You stepped into your workplace after college, feeling ‘prepared for the world’ and confident. That confidence lasted ten minutes, as you realised that the world was an ugly place that wanted to beat the life out of you. You fought back against it, dusted yourself off, and slowly began to get back up. And if you were lucky enough to make it to your feet, you realised that maybe you were not as strong as you thought you might be. That there were still lessons to be learnt. But for the first time in a long time, you didn’t mind.

I’m stepping back into a classroom in a couple of months. I am going to fly to a foreign country, surrounded by people I don’t know, and living with complete strangers (save one, you know who you are). There’s always that trepidation to look forward to when you go back to school. Any sort of school. It’s the one reminder that you constantly need, that tells you that there are more lessons to learn, more experiences to encounter, and just a little more childish fun to be had. You can be a 30 year old in a classroom, but once you’re in there, you’re reduced to that  child  you were, that nervous pimply faced, overweight shrimp, that stepped onto a school bus or into a classroom for the very first time.

And you couldn’t be happier  about it.

:-)

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