I had a moment today, when I was thinking about what to write, when I remembered the first year I participated in this. There was another person who I immediately connected with. While the events we were going through at the time weren’t the same, the feelings, emotions, decisions we were needing to make seemed so similar. I’m so thankful for that person, because I’m sure that quick connection really pushed me to complete that first challenge.
I went to try to find her blog today, and I was sad to see that it’s gone. I remember things seemed to be going in a great direction for her, so I hope that continued. But this also made me remember other blogs I used to follow. When I was in college and was trying to decided between two paths to take to get into teacher, I remember Googling and finding blogs with different people’s experiences. There were some I would keep up with, and eventually I moved on to other blogs. Again, I tried to find some of these today and none of the ones I could find were active or still online. Not surprising, considering it was almost ten years ago (OMG just did that math- whaaattttt?!?) and I know a good deal of those people were either deciding whether or not they wanted to stay in teaching or were moving on.
There was definitely a part of me that felt very sad that I no longer had this “connection” to these people. The teaching blogs were ones that I just read, but I still feel like I learned so much from them. With my first SOL challenge, I felt like I made a friend, and it was sad that I could no longer see how she’s doing or feel like there’s someone else who is feeling like I am, because hey, she just left me a comment about it.
I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships this past year and wondering which relationships will last, which I need to work on, which ones I’m sad have gone, and so on. While I’m sad that I feel like I have lost that one SOL connection, it makes me hopeful I can build new ones with this writing challenge!