Who I wanna be.

When we’re down, every little flaw around us is obvious. Even a tiny bump in the road can seem like a matter of concern. I get so pissed sometimes.. for absolutely nothing. Must be all the studying I’m having to do lately. All the time away from my people. I get murderous every time my Giraffe of a benchmate hides my view of the cute guy or when one of my naturally annoying teachers decide to be a little more annoying. As I drown in that ocean of contempt for literally “every fucking thing”, comes along math class to resuscitate me.

No, I was never a huge fan of Math. Didn’t like it, didn’t hate it. This year, however, it’s different and THAT I’m grateful for. I’ve met a lot of people in my life. Interesting, good, bad, lame, moral, and on goes the list. But, never have I ever met someone like my Math teacher. He is hands down the best Math teacher there ever will be and also happens to be an even more exceptional person. Exceptional enough to have me waiting for Math class every day.

We see flawless people on TV everyday. I do, I mean, I’m a Sherlockian! But this is my first encounter with such flawlessness in reality. I can’t even begin to understand how someone with accomplishments this huge, could be so kind, down to earth. In a world where children are considered to be hilariously inferior to adults, this man treats us like we matter. Perhaps it’s all of his well earned respect, that makes it seem like impressing him with our potential will be one of our greatest achievements. We don’t know much about his personal life, or his life out of school itself to begin with. The thing is, I don’t think anyone cares! He is our Math teacher and how he is with us is all that matters.

All my life I had the idea that image was everything. Knowing how to handle people and getting them to think, what I’d like them to think of me was my life’s goal because I come from a generation where everyone admire good looking people with a sharp tongue and “cool stuff”. I see the vanity in all that now.

Character is everything. When no one who knows you would want to change a thing about you, THAT’s respect and THAT is the respect I hope to earn someday. If a person can make even MATH seem interesting, then THAT is the kind of people’s skill I’d like for myself. If I am ever known as somebody, someone like him is who I wanna be. What about you?

22 thoughts on “Who I wanna be.

  1. I actually can relate to this on a very deep level. I’m a sherlockian too! Besides that, I also found a new perspective through a teacher who had a completely different approach than all the others. It happened to be my math teacher as well. I also found another teacher in college, who teaches different writing classes. It really did make school bearable for me. I have the utmost respect for them. They both do not share much about their life or history, but they have a way with respect that is truly beautiful. My math teacher was down to earth with his students. He met us on our level when it was needed. He even brought in his gaming system, and he challenged his students. Apparently, he is still victorious. I don’t know if he still plays much anymore, but he put the hero in Guitar Hero. It wasn’t that he had fun in class, or showed everyone up with a game. When it came down to it, he cared. When a student was struggling, even if it wasn’t in his class, he did what he could to help them. Whether it was setting them up with the correct resources, or offering his own services. I had the privilege of also working as his assistant for three years. I graded assignments for him and helped with other tasks. So I got to see how he handled many different situations. The only thing I ever got to know about his life outside of school was when he showed up wearing a wedding ring.
    It’s these kind of people that really make a difference in the world. It’s also people like you who realize this fact and have the desire to follow in their footsteps. Change only occurs when more people begin to think for themselves, instead of following the vanity of this world. Keep it up.

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    1. I agree! ๐Ÿ™‚ and I guess we do have quite a LOT of things in common! ๐Ÿ˜€ it is nice to connect with relatable bloggers once in a while. ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck!

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  2. It is so great to hear about people like this making such an impact in people’s lives. I am really glad you have a teacher like that. I don’t know him, but it makes me happy to hear that there are people like that out there making a difference and inspiring.

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  3. I know this is going slightly off on a tangent but your post brought back this memory.
    When I was still in school we had a discussion about whether the clothes you wore said what you were like as a person.
    I was the only one in the class that said no, sometimes people hide who they are or can’t afford to dress as they would wish.
    That moment confirmed something for me, that I would have the friends who didn’t care how I looked or dressed, I would be with people who accepted me for me and I would do the same.
    It was something that a lot of people didn’t get, because you’re supposed to be ‘cool’ and ‘popular’ and that often included smoking and be nasty to people.
    It did mean I didn’t have a lot of friends, but the ones I had stuck like a limpet to a rock and I trusted them implicitly.
    I guess my related point (be it ever so long winded) is that sometimes events, even the seemingly small ones, can also have an impact.

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    1. I agree with that! And besides, “friends” who pick you just for how you dress or how clichรฉd you can be aren’t really friends. Thank you for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Really nice blog post ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s fascinating to hear about how kind-spirited people can help change your views on certain things by acting in a certain way. We all need someone like that in our lives. Someone who accepts you for who you are, and supports you.
    I guess my version of your Maths teacher is my English teacher. She’s one of the few people who doesn’t make a big fuss whenever I come in or hand in homework late; which is a lot rarer than it may sound, haha!
    The world around us can be so cruel, and so terrible, and it is quite easy to forget at times that somewhere, the beauty lies within. Sometimes we need to be reminded to lead our own path, to not follow. That is something you have done very well! You should be proud ๐Ÿ™‚

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