So many feelings. So, so many feelings. I’m sitting here looking at actual physical copies of my first published book, The Brave Educator, Honest Conversations about Navigating Race in the Classroom, and I’m feeling so many feelings.
So many questions. So many unanswered wonderings. And if I’m being completely honest, there’s fear too.
Because the truth is, I have no idea what’s going to happen next. When there are this many feelings it’s tempting to reach into old toolkits to try to find a way to escape.
But that’s not what the feelings are for. They’re inviting us in, asking us to get curious. Calling us to take time to appreciate right now, this moment, today, so that we can respond from a place of connection instead of detachment.
When there are so many feelings that we’re inundated, maybe the place to begin is by admitting that we’re experiencing what we’re experiencing. To be willing to own that we’re in an unfamiliar place and that’s completely alright.
We can choose to function and feel all at the same time.