As you may or may not know, I teach high school. English I and yearbook, to be exact. Since 99% of my English I students are in the ninth grade and my yearbook students are all upperclassmen, I’ve had the chance to see a lot of differences a couple of years can make in students’ maturity.
It has also helped me come across a couple of key life lessons. Talking to my seniors and then talking to my freshmen really helps show me how much growing goes on during high school. Obviously I already knew this, but I have been able to see some key examples. One key life lesson that many of my ninth graders (and some of my upperclassmen) need to learn is:
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Some adults could use this reminder, too. I’ll admit that at times I have to remember it. It can be hard to do, but at the end of the day so many problems in our world would be solved by someone saying to themselves:
We’re human. We make mistakes. But I have never met ANYONE who has never hurt someone else by responding to their action a certain way.
Take responsibility for your own actions. Even if someone else cast the first metaphorical stone, that doesn’t mean that you have to throw one back. Recognize that even if they hurt you first you can still hurt them worse.
We can only ever control our own actions.