I am writing because I want you to know this - I see you.
I SEE YOU.
You are not invisible although you try to be.
You are not invisible although you think you are.
You are not invisible even though I know you want to be.
I see you.
I see you and I am sorry.
I am sorry that school sucks.
I am sorry that life sucks.
And yes some days it does suck.
I am not going to lie to you and tell you that school is great and that everything is peachy.
Some days it isn’t.
Hell, some days I don’t want to get out of bed either… but I do.
Do you want to know why?
Because I understand how our brain works.
Uncertainty makes us worry, makes us anxious, warps our perspective.
“She thinks this of me...
I am not going to be able to do this...
I don’t fit in...
What if I fail…
What if I am not enough?
I am not enough.”
Block out those voices.
I see you and I want you to know that YOU are enough.
You are more than enough.
Don’t believe me?
Well, listen up.
You are love. When you mother held you in her arms for the first time, her heart exploded with love. As a mother myself, I know this of all things to be true. You did that.
You are joy. When you entered my class today for the first time in a week, I smiled with absolute joy. Absolute freaking joy. And so did your classmates. You did that.
You are hope. When I see what you are capable of, when I see how creative you are, when I see you get that next idea... I have hope. Hope for the future; not just yours, but everyone's. You did that.
Are you listening?
Did you hear what I said?
You are hope and joy and love.
You are enough.
So here's the deal.
I promise you that every time you rock up to my class I will be waiting to greet you with a smile.
I promise you that everyday you come to my class will be absolutely worth it because I will give you 100% of my energy and my complete and full attention.
I promise you that you will always be seen, always be heard, always be loved in my class no matter what.
I promise you that I will never let you be invisible no matter how much you try.
I promise you that I will always believe in you, especially when you don’t believe in yourself.
And most of all, I promise you that I will mirror the love and joy and hope I see in you
...right back at you.
In return, I ask for nothing.
Nothing except that you get out of bed and face the day.
You will make it through it. Things will improve.
How can I be certain?
Because you are hope and joy and love.
And you are enough.