Let me just take some time to reflect on the last few days I’ve spent with some amazing student leaders. I’m not talking only about the ones I took with me to the TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF STUDENT COUNCILS ANNUAL CONFERENCE…I’m referring to many many others that were at this event as well. They are polite and respectful and HAPPY. They are all glad to be out of school, I know this, but there is something more to their happiness. They are appreciative of their advisors who drove who knows how many hours to get them to this thing, they are excited to be with their council friends, friends they get to see from around the state and just the atmosphere of this meeting makes anyone feel upbeat. That is what I really want to talk about today…
All the warm fuzzy feelings you get while you are at this conference seem to be battled against once you return to your “own place” in life. All of the positive things that happen while with the TASC family make you feel absolutely high on life and make you feel almost confident enough to conquer anything. It truly is an awesome feeling. I’m sure you have probably experienced some kind of event like this before. Church camps do such a great job at this especially. You are around people who LOVE GOD and therefore you empower and support each other. It’s an amazing feeling of strength. At something like this, you are sheltered and set apart from the bad funkiness that this world holds. No bullying happens, no one wants ill to happen to you and even the incessant judging is at a minimum. As I said, AMAZING.
THEN, you come home and life continues. This world takes over those feeling of safety and happiness and fills your head with suppressing dramatic situations, people looking at you with their judging eyes and bad attitudes. Oh, the bad attitudes! How depressing. I admit, I’m a little down just reflecting like this. I don’t let it bother me too much, though. I know that I have come to a point in my life where I don’t worry much about what others think, I stand up for those being bullied with no thought about what the bully might do to me and drama, well, everyone knows I’m a “NO DRAMA MAMMA!”
My concern, though, lies in the fact that my students don’t have maturity and years (I’m old! ha!) on their side. They are in the time of their lives where drama invades and conquers their happiness. They battle the thoughts that enter their minds from words or even just looks people give them. They encounter bad attitudes from even their best friends which sway them to display attitudes that are much the same. They don’t know the world is overcoming them. They don’t recognize it most of the time. They don’t even relate the depression they may feel with the fact that there is so much of this world beating down on them. It’s hard to overcome the world when you are a teenager who is being bombarded with such things!
I pray, I encourage and I show my students love, understanding and HAPPINESS. (even when I’m disciplining, I hope they see my love) I hope that my attitude toward this life is an example of what they can have. It’s totally up to them, of course, but I hope that I display a happiness that shows them GOD’S LOVE mostly and that they don’t have to be overcome by this world. They can always reside in that safe spot and in those feelings they felt at the conference we just came back from. They can overcome bad attitudes and dramatic situations. I can, They can, We can…You can!