I read a blog post that Kelly Koshinsky posted recently, and it really hit home for me. We were introduced to a man named Spencer West through a group presentation during our ESPY 400 class, and his story is so amazing. He has no legs, yet he climbed the highest mountain in Africa. If you haven’t had the chance to look him up, do it! Kelly posted a great video about him making an inspiration speech, and the part that resonated with me the most was when he said the part about not being afraid to ask for help – that it is not a sign of weakness, but rather a characteristic that makes for a strong leader.
I have always had trouble asking for help because I didn’t want to seem weak. I wanted to be able to do everything on my own, but the reality is, nobody can go through life alone, for it makes for a very sad and lonely life. I just recently realized this during my internship. As teachers, we need to build strong support groups with one another where we can lean on each other when we need a little help. We can learn so much from one another. Once I began to ask for help, life got a little but easier, and a lot more enjoyable.
We need to empower our students to ask for help, because like me, there will be so many young people who think they should be able to do it alone. It doesn’t happen overnight, and at times I still struggle with it, but the more we do it, the more beneficial it is.