31 questions | march 9.

March 9
Has a teacher ever changed your life? How so?

Yes, but not for the better.

In high school, I had the same math teacher for Algebra I, Algebra II, and Trigonometry. He was a great teacher and I loved all of his classes. He was just so excited about math! [I realize I’m painting a *really* dorky picture, but it’s accurate.] He helped me choose a college… which, unfortunately, turned out to be a terrible decision… that changed my life.

In my first year of college, I had this amazing art professor. He was eccentric, wildly talented, and inspiring. I was so affected by him that I declared art as my major. Another terrible decision. I mean, I am an okay artist, but on a scale of kindergarten fingerpainting to DaVinci, I’m about a 4. If I’m being generous, maybe a 5. Actually, some of my kindergarten fingerpaintings are probably better than some of my later work.

[Not my actual fingers.]

I almost wish I had less supportive parents. I can tell, looking back [and maybe I even knew it back then on some level], that they were disappointed with my decisions, especially the art major one. But they supported me anyway. I wish they hadn’t. I wish they’d stepped in and told me I was making mistakes. I know it’s what they thought, but they accepted my decisions. Not their fault, of course, but I just wish. Maybe that’s why I worry so much about my kids’ decisions. I don’t want them to have regrets like I do. But as a parent, how can I not support them? That would make me kind of a bitch, wouldn’t it?

Apparently, I’m in need of a new teacher to change my life—for the better this time.

p.s. — Interesting how my favorite teachers ultimately unknowingly put me on the wrong path. Maybe I should have sought advice from the teachers I hated. 

[Thanks to my lovely friend Marquessa for this 31 questions challenge.]

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Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy, too. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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13 Responses to 31 questions | march 9.

  1. Bia Bella Baker💗Proud author of: HECCTROSSIPY book 1 The Legend of the Land says:

    I Took a peek through your online store. What is the function of the acrylic blocks? Are those decorative paperweights?

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  2. That’s amazing, and sad, in equal measure. You could, of course, with your skills, enter that onto an excel spreadsheet, create graphs and charts of the results and then convert them into art. Sell the result for a small fortune and go travel the world! I look forward to your new blog Sandra’s saucy travel tales.

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  3. gigglingfattie says:

    Honestly I think the best thing you can do is encourage your children’s passions. Thats what these teachers did for you and I think thats great! Even if those choices didn’t turn out for the best.

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    • I agree… but I feel like I also need to encourage them to think about the potential impact of their decisions. It’s great to follow your passion, but if it’s not going to get you to a good place in life, maybe follow something else, too. I don’t know… that’s a hard bit of advice to explain to your kid.

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  4. M says:

    I don’t want to sound like a pollyanna but having made your own decisions was a good thing. In looking back now, it’s making you consider your own kids and their decisions and that’s a good thing, right?

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    • I think it makes me a little too…. um… cynical? practical? I don’t feel great about encouraging them to make decisions based on more heart than head. But I don’t want them to ignore their hearts either. I think I focus too much on my past mistakes, and in trying to prevent them from making similar mistakes, I may be unintentionally pushing them to do what will bring them success later even if it’s not what they are passionate about. This is one of the reasons I think I’m not a good mom.

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