SOLSC21, Day 9
It’s been a year since we went into remote learning mode, so our principal wrote us a very encouraging note, and sent us two beautiful songs, Memories and Seasons of Love, to listen to. The first I’ve played for my students a few times, and it has brought tears to my eyes each time. The second one, I hadn’t heard before, and it brought tears to my eyes too. And then, I just opened my students’ daily writing journals. Some of them have been writing about how this is all getting just too much for them, how they’re feeling so easily overwhelmed with assignments, how badly they miss school, and how under-motivated they feel all the time. And I just don’t know what to think or feel right now. What do these 14-year olds need most now? Love? Empathy? A listening ear? Encouragement? A little of all, I guess.
I wish I could make it better for them. On most days, I do try a little something, a little extra to reach out to them, or to liven them up. Just the other day, I asked them to name one positive from the past year. Responses mostly were about two things: They got to spend more time with family, or they got to learn a new skill/hobby. And I told them that right now, they may not realize the importance of what they’re saying, but these two things can prove to be such anchors later in life, they can keep so many ills at bay. Spending time with family keeps one grounded to your roots and could prevent that feeling of being adrift; cultivating a good, productive hobby helps keep one feeling useful long after we’ve stopped working or being ‘productive’ in the societal sense of the word.
This conversation set me thinking, actually. It is so important to set time aside to invest in our future when we’re young. Cultivate relationships, cultivate hobbies, and if I were to add one more to the list: Cultivate a little bit of spirituality. Of course, there’s no fixed formula and no one-size-fits-all, but these habits could contribute towards a sense of fulfilment from life. For, There’s “Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes… How do you measure a year?” Tomorrow, I will play that second song for my students.