I consider myself to be quite the music fan and find myself adding new artists to my iTunes library frequently. This summer I fell in love with a song by one of my favorite YouTube discoveries, Tori Kelly’s Confetti. The song is laced with up-beat acoustics and Ms. Kelly’s amazing voice. After an eventful few days since my move from Birmingham, Al to Tampa,FL, and my attempt to find a new norm I found myself listening to this song as I walked to my new office. Her lyrics struck a chord with me. So let me just give you a quick break down of the things I was reminded of in the 4 minutes that this song blasted through my headphones:
” I gotta keep myself in check sometimes cause I tend to dream real big sometimes”- While dreaming big is never a bad thing, and certainly something that we as SApros should do personally and encourage our students to do in their personal, academic, or co-curricular activities planning, it is of the utmost importance that we keep those dreams in check. Being realistic with yourself and with your students when you recognize the big dreams that are on the table can be helpful. First, it speaks to ones creativity and imagination and those are things that as we grow up we should continue to exercise often. Second, it allows you to set reasonable expectations. And lastly, it can give you something to work towards in the future. Lofty goals don’t always mean unattainable forever, sometimes they mean that the path, work effort, and time to achieve them is more of a process than you may have wanted or expected.
“I gotta remember to take it one step at a time”– It sounds easy and pretty common sense, right? Not exactly. So many times we are so pre-occupied with the end goal that we fail to remember all the steps it takes to get there. As a new #sagrad this is something that over the coming months I know I’ll have to remind myself. The transition, the rapport with students and other staff, the bonds with my cohort members will come in due time. I have to make sure I’m taking the steps to get to those end goals. One step at a time, as slow and steady as that can seem. The end result is worth the patience and the preliminary work.
“I can make a difference, put a little happiness in someone’s heart”– I think this is our profession described in some of the simplest terms. We do it everyday and we may not see the difference we make in every students life that we come in contact with but I am sure that in some way we do and we touch as many students as we can. That’s one of the reasons why I love this profession so much, I know I’m making a direct impact on the future and that’s not something I plan on taking lightly.
“People seem to think
That you’ll be happier, once you reach the top
You’ll have it all
But I’m livin for right now
Cause what if tomorrow never comes
I’m not waitin, I’m not waitin
For the confetti to fall”-
I thought it was important to include all of the lyrics for the chorus. The one idea I get from this is that perception isn’t always reality. Where you want to be or think you want to be could be very different from what your actual experience will be once you get there. Celebrate where you are now, victories big or small. Part of getting to where you want to be is the journey and there’s joy in your journey you just have to remember to slow down to recognize and appreciate it. Your confetti falls the moment you allow it to. What are you waiting for? Pull your confetti string and celebrate any and everything!