This year I have started a weekly blog challenge for my freshman English classes. They have to submit to me a blog entry to be posted in a new blog I started for them , called Real Teens Writing What They Know. Posts will start next week. To challenge myself, I am writing the same entry each week with them. Here is the first:
If you really knew me…
…you would know that before I was a teacher, I was a professional singer and dancer, sweating six steamy days a week for paychecks that barely covered rent and gas.
…you would know that I am the clumsiest person I know. I frequently run into things, trip over things, knock over things, and spill things (both on the floor and myself)!
…you would know that I don’t really like most sports. Maybe it is because I was never good at them so I avoided them. Maybe it was because I just couldn’t understand why so many care about a game that doesn’t really matter. Regardless, I am still amazed at how much financial and social power they hold.
…you would know that I turned down a full ride scholarship to the college my parents wanted me to go to so that I could go to the one I wanted to go to (at full price). I stand by that decision today, even though I am still paying for it.
…you would know that I was a vegetarian in high school for an entire year because someone bet me I couldn’t do it. I started eating meat again when she graduated.
…you would know that my wife is my best friend and the only person I feel I can truly trust.
…you would know that I think everyone deserves a second chance, but I rarely trust people enough to give thirds. And I never forget.
…you would find that I believe all students have the ability to learn, as long as they are willing to try and occasionally fail.
…you would know that I drink Diet Coke straight out of the two-liter bottle and almost exclusively eat Cool Ranch Doritos during a show production week.
…you would know that I believe there is a correct way to fold bath towels. And I get annoyed when people don’t do it the right way. And I have been known to refold them.
…you would know that I have ADD and Obsessive tendencies. My perfectionism combined with my inability to focus consumes the majority of my time. Activities others can do in minutes may take me hours. I am also aware that I usually make things remarkably more complicated than they need to be.
…you would know that I worry every day if I am a good husband, father, and teacher.
…you would know that three years ago I started the most terrifying and difficult journey in my life, losing 130 pounds, nearly 40% of my body weight, through only diet and exercise. Since then, I have run in 5ks, 10ks, sprint triathlons, an Olympic triathlon, half marathons, and a full marathon. Finishing the Flying Pig might be one of my biggest accomplishments.
…you would know that I have an honest and true addiction with food that I battle every single minute of every single day, and I will have to for the rest of my life.
…you would know that I spent a large portion of high school feeling lonely, friendless, and depressed.
…you would know that I love to read, but hate to be told what to read.
…you would know that, even after all these years, I am still very insecure with my writing.