I am slightly uncomfortable with seeing myself as a professional educator in some respects. I am a genuine know-it-all, but when push comes to shove I tend to think I don’t know enough-EVER-to be considered an expert at anything.
This is silly, and I was reminded of how unique we all are recently when I was presenting at a conference. I was sharing with the crowd in my class about what happens neurologically when we are under stress, and I said, “I’m going to show you a clip from “What the Bleep Do We Know Anyway,” and then paused. “I’m sure so many of you have heard this already, who’s watched this movie? Show of hands?”
No one in the room had watched it, and yet this movie has affected me so profoundly that I’ve watched it over and over and over for the 14 years it has been out. I know that movie practically by heart. It blew me away when it came out, it was making some connections with mind and learning and biology and DNA and hormones and synapses and emotions that I’d never heard in that particular way before. It simply was exactly what I needed when I needed it, when it was in theaters. I saw it in theaters multiple times, and then rented it from Netflix and checked it out from the library over and over. My point? I had made it so much a part of me, it was an assumption that others knew it, too. I forgot what it was like to NOT have that knowledge, schema, experience. It was stunning to see that others had simply NOT experienced it…and here I was, the one to share it with them.
Cathy Heller says on her podcast “Don’t Keep Your Day Job,” that our individual self, the youness of YOU is so rare and so needed. She says that we all have to stop to remind ourselves that we are here for a reason. There is only one permutation of possible human life in this world that makes you. You are the only you that will ever be. If we as humans have made it across the threshold and began life we are here to do some radical change.
I know I’ve talked about how powerful our unique stories are before. I just can’t help but mention it again, now that the curtain has been pulled back and I finally get it. I finally get that our job as humans is to figure out how to serve humanity. I get that our job is to be the best version of ourselves and to help others be their best versions, too.
Not only do I get paid to be a teacher, but I am truly a teacher in my soul. I don’t know any other way to be.
I could be a waitress, clean houses, plant gardens, perform surgery, trade stocks, argue law or paint murals and I would still somehow be teaching. I am a teacher. This is the first archetype that describes me, the archetype that I am 100% aligned with.
I am a teacher.
What are you? What archetypes align with who you are? Google archetypes and you’ll come across Jung and Caroline Myss. Do some poking around, read some stuff, take a quiz. What aligns with your inner knowing? Leave me a comment, I’d love to see what you find out!
Every Monday for the rest of the year I’ll be sharing archetypes. Thanks for joining me in the exploration!