"How eerie and distilled this night is. How strange and abandoned and unsettled I am. Like a snowdome paperweight that's been shaken. There's a blizzard in my bubble. Everything in my world that was steady and sure and sturdy has been shaken out of place, and it's now drifting and swirling back down into a confetti of debris. A book I knew by heart, torn up and thrown into the air. Everything has been rocked with such rigour and tumult. Everything has been uprooted and broken. A dozen disasters at once. I can't begin to collect the pieces and try to set them as they were. It's like I've got to crawl out of my own eggshell and emerge.. And a little like Jasper Jones, I no longer have the luxury of choosing the right time. I can't unfurl from my cocoon when I'm good and ready. I've been pulled out early and left in the cold."
- An excerpt from "Jasper Jones" by Craig Silvey
If there is one thing you learn, it is that life goes on.
You go to bed, toss and turn, yet another sleepless night. Wake up, get ready for work, hop on the train and tram, enter the classroom, your kids are ready and waiting. Some of them visibly perk up when you walk in. You pick up the marker, deliver your lesson with the usual tried-and-tested jokes, they laugh. Teaching sometimes feels like one big performance and they are your captive audience.
It's nice to know that even when everything in your world is falling apart, you can still bring something to these kids and make a difference in their lives. This is exactly why I love teaching and think I have the most rewarding job in the world.
Reminding yourself of the many things to be thankful for and the possibilities that lie ahead makes it a lot easier to put on your cloak of courage and fly.