A letter about … self-worth

Recently I’ve been having conversations with friends around mental health, and I’m about to embark on a small series of lessons looking at advertisements and society expectations of beauty. I’m hoping to get a discussion going about mental health and self-worth in these lessons.

One thing I’ve noticed in my conversations is the amount of times we “compare” our worth to someone and we get caught up on not feeling worthy. And yes, I’m guilty of it. I compare myself to another teacher and I’m getting annoyed that my active teaching time isn’t at that standard. Or that my worksheets weren’t engaging enough. Or that my classroom is too noisy. Or this, or that, on and on my comparison goes.

I was sharing my concerns with my mentor recently, when he just turns to me and goes “how long have you been teaching? A year? See, exactly. You’re doing really well.”

And he’s right. I’ve only just starting on this teaching career; I’m bound to make mistakes and then grow from the lessons I learnt from then. It’s good to observe other teachers, pick up pointers but it’s not healthy to compare myself with them and get stuck on it and let it become the basis of my self-worth.

So, this is for everyone who needs a reminder – you are important.

Yours,

Sophia

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One thought on “A letter about … self-worth

  1. We get into the habit of comparing ourselves, because we’re, socialized to do so, by our parents, and by school, along with everything else we encounter, and, if we don’t learn, that the only one who can beat us, who we will beat, is ourselves, then, we will, never measure up, to someone else’s expectations, and, it will take someone a long time, to snap out of that “I better than so-and-so” mentality, but just keep on working on it, remind yourself, that you only need to compete against yourself, and eventually, you will only be, competing with yourself. Good luck!

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