So this weekend I’m going to be preoccupied with family but it is just going to speed up the inevitable: On Tuesday, I will be arriving 5 minutes before my class starts and struggling to find parking.
Definitely mixed feelings but this year the overwhelming feeling is excitement. To be thrown back into my life in Richmond… I honestly can’t wait!
But I definitely need somewhat of a pep talk before diving into scenarios where I can’t afford to be lazy or distracted. Hopefully you guys are feeling the same way too because I’ve gathered some killer memes, stories and quotes to ignite that fire again so we can all be academic weapons.
Didn’t you hear that being a nerd is “in”?... better question is could I be more of a mom? No.
“Education is the passport to the future; tomorrow belongs to those who prepare today.” - Malcolm X
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” - Aristotle
“The goal of an educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” - C. S. Lewis
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas Edison
“Drink some coffee and pretend you know what you’re doing.”
“If you haven’t felt like quitting, your dreams aren’t big enough.”
“This is the part where you find out who you are.”
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
- From Pinterest
and my personal favorite...
“I can and I will. Watch me.”
The Elephant Rope
As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
“Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were. Not one elephant had ever tried to escape again.
Click here to read the original story.
Whatever you’re seeing as an obstacle right now, you’ll never know
if it’s just a small rope around your legs. Why stand still, then?
Maybe this got you motivated, maybe it didn't. Just remember to set your alarms come your first day back and you might be alright.