This quote has always been one of my favorites. It is something I'd like to think that I've been successful at maintaining; living a life that makes the world (even if it is my tiny, small part) a much better place. I try to be someone who is caring, kind, respectful, dependable, and loyal. I try my best to be a friend that will always be there when I'm needed. I try to be the big sister, and loving daughter who is willing to go out of her way to make things easier for her loved ones. I try to be giving and help those in need. I'm currently working on the forgiving part... none of us are perfect.
|Part of the drawing I did this week. |
Final is below
Earlier this week, I learned that one of my students passed away. He was in a tragic car accident. Sadly, this student kept to himself. He didn't talk to any of the other students in class, and barely spoke to me. My last memory of him was our conversation before winter break about using that time to get caught up on assignments he fell behind on. He seemed optimistic and thanked me before he left. I didn't really know much about him. Regardless of that fact, I was still saddened by the news. I thought I was ready to deal with the reactions of the students when we returned from our break, but I was wrong.
|Close-up of part of the drawing below|
I spoke with my friend and colleague and she told me that a lot of her students talked about him and remembered him. She saw the reaction I had thought I'd see. It made me feel a little better knowing there were some people on campus who missed him.
But this whole experience made me think about what we leave behind. The only important things we leave behind are the memories of who we were to others. What kind of memories will you leave behind? How will you be remembered?
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou
|I couldn't really shake the feeling and I ended up putting this together.|