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This picture was taken at preschool screening. I remember the day well because I was so excited! Finally, the key I needed to unlock the possibilities of real school! I still have that kernel excitement at the start of each new school year or semester.

This picture was taken at preschool screening. I remember the day well because I was so excited! Finally, the key I needed to unlock the possibilities of real school! I still have that kernel excitement at the start of each new school year or semester.

Another semester begins on Monday. This got me thinking about how often I’ve approached the start of a new school year or new semester.

For the past 33 1/2 years, I have been out of school for precisely nine months (not including summer breaks). I took a few months off between finishing my bachelor’s degree and starting my master’s degree program. For all of those years, I was either a student or teaching.

Some people will say that you should look at what you loved to do when you were really little to guide you in the present. No surprise, my favorite thing to do when I was little was to play school. I never thought that was odd, but now when I think about it, maybe it was a little strange for a kid to love playing school when not in school! My parents even bought me a used school desk when I was in preschool. I loved those workbooks you could get that helped you work through the alphabet and numbers. My mom would also buy old textbooks for me (not sure where, maybe library book sales? Or garage sales? It seems I always had a lot of old textbooks). I could hardly wait for kindergarten to start! I truly loved going to school all my years, and I enjoy having the opportunity to now teach.

I would say I’m in my natural environment.

Are you doing what you most loved when you were little? If not, can you make a change? Even to add just a little bit of that into your life?

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