I am an after school program teacher to be exact. It took me over a year to own this title. I don’t know why. I just didn’t know how to identify myself. I know I work with kids but is it fair to give myself that title.
A few months ago I decided yes, yes it is. But I still wouldn’t say it. When people would ask what I do for a living I would say I work with kids at an after school program. I never said teacher. Interesting enough while I was having a hard time saying it the kids at work were kicking my butt. I could not control my class to save my life. Honestly I felt like I was close to being let go. Then one day I woke up and decided that I was going to earn this title. I was going to demand the respect the title afforded me. I started acting like a teacher. One day I stopped feeling sorry for myself and started coming up with a plan to bring my class in order. As soon as I started implementing my plan. Laying out rules and telling the kids what I expected of them things started to come together. Even a coworker who was being kind of snootie to me at first started to respect me more. Now I can look in the mirror and tell myself I am a teacher. I may not work in the public school system but I do help shape the minds that come into contact with me. I want to leave a positive mark with these kids. I hope that they remember their interactions with me and they are positive ones. I am doing my dream job and I should not diminish who I am because it took a whole bunch of work to get where I am. So now I am going to own it and wear the name with pride.
What I am trying to say is own who you are. No matter who people say you are. It doesn’t matter . You are who you say you are and who you own that you are. Wear whatever title you give yourself with pride. Cause the name you give yourself is everything and will show people how to treat you. I am going to take my own lesson and wear my titles with pride. I am a mom, wife, sister, daughter, blogger, and a teacher. I am proud of the woman that I am and the woman that I am becoming and I won’t let anyone take that from me.