When I was in third grade, my teacher assigned us a journal prompt: “Something I can get better at.” I was a very bright student and ahead of my class, so I wrote out this smug entry about how I was already doing very well, thank you very much, so I didn’t need to improve on anything.
(I know. I was kind of an idiot when I was nine.)
Well, my teacher didn’t agree, and she wrote me a response that I’ll never forget. She told me–not unkindly–that there was always something for me to work on. I’m not perfect, but I would always have the capacity to grow and improve. She told me to keep moving forward, always.
That stuck with me, almost twenty years later.
Whenever I’m feeling complacent, I remember what she said. What’s the point of just getting comfortable with life? Where’s the fun in that? Where’s the life in that?
Always explore. Always learn. Always grow.
Skirt: c/o thredUP
Shoes: old, ModCloth
Bag: old, ModCloth
Necklace: The Pendant Emporium