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By: Vidya Rose, MHRM
Teacher - The wings of life
No one is perfect in this world. Which is why pencils were made with erasers, and apologizes were created. Many of us in life have made mistakes, big or small. Beginning from infancy, we all don’t know everything that we should know, and we all acquired knowledge as we grow older. But from where do we gain this knowledge i.e. the knowledge to handle and overcome a situation? What about our educational knowledge? There is one and only one answer for it. The TEACHERS. Teacher is the one who revamps a person, on how to handle a situation, how to overcome the situation and how to prepare for a situation. But can we particularly call a person, as our teacher. Most of the crowd says YES. But I belong to the rest.
Starting from hospital, our life begins with our parents. Parents are our first experience and they are the one who feeds soul, intellect, and humanity in us. They are the one who invigorate the confidence in us. They are most committed and involved in teaching their children. They have a kind of instinct to sacrifice a part of themselves for the betterment of their children. Parents are always our First teacher.
But as life moves on and once we join Kindergarten to extend our educational knowledge, from that time to a particular period, our TUTOR/LECTURER becomes our teacher.
Tutors have prodigious experience. They are always sure where their students are going, what they will go through and what they want. They pass lessons, not only regarding subject matter, but lessons on life. They make us to dream our career, help us to explore ourselves and shape us into a good human being. The great and lasting influence a tutor can have on the student's life is undeniable, and a good tutor is remembered forever. So I believe the first lesson of education is to respect and love our tutor and not the lesson number 1 of the textbook.
Once we come of out of college, whom do you think takes the position of a tutor? Colleagues? Friends? Yes, they do have their part. But to a large extent, it’s our own MISTAKES and EXPERIENCE which guides us as a teacher. They primarily reduce our addiction to fear. Since the fear of failing is high on the list for most of the crowd, if we learn from our mistakes, then things becomes easier, we become easy on ourselves, less critical and less judgemental. This will give you that immense courage to handle and outlive the moment. The most important thing is experienced mistakes give us courage not to give up at the first sign of discomfort or failure. It motivates and says us to push back the earliest quitting point.
My fear of being less perfect no longer paralyzes me. The truth is, with every mistake I must surely be learning.