This past January I chose the word Trailblazing as my One Little Word for 2020. I have been giving quite a bit of thought to words that are more appropriate for me based on everything going on this year. Two words that I feel are better for me at this point in the year are the words brave and discomfort.
I will start by letting you know why I chose the One Little Word Trailblazing for the year 2020. It is so easy to focus on myself and what I am struggling with that sometimes I forget about helping other educators. I want my actions, choices, and achievements to help others who come after me. I do not want younger educators spending their time and energy refighting the same battles I have fought. This was a great word to guide me through the year. At this point in my life, I feel I need to choose a better word to encourage me to be the best version of myself.
As you know, this year is full of changes and challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic and issue of systematic racism caused me to not just want to help others, but to question the way things are or have been the same for quite a long time. At this point in my life, I am choosing to lean into the discomfort and allow it to change me for the better. I am not going to run from discomfort. This year I am going to run towards it head on. I want to take risks, and do things differently than what I have been doing. For this reason, I want my new One Little Word to be Discomfort.
Below are some great quotes with the word discomfort which "speak" to me.
“We need to cultivate the courage to be uncomfortable and to teach the people around us how to accept discomfort as a part of growth.” ― Brené Brown
"Be not afraid of discomfort. If you can't put yourself in a situation where you are uncomfortable, then you will never grow. You will never change. You'll never learn." ― Jason Reynolds
"Give vulnerability a shot. Give discomfort its due. Because I think he or she who is willing to be the most uncomfortable is not only the bravest, but rises the fastest." ― Tim Ferriss
What one little word do you want to reflect upon as you go about your daily life?
Hi there! My name is Alicia Vilas, and I’m the NJ Hudson County Teacher of the Year 2020-21. My mission is to cultivate young changemakers and innovators. I love to connect on Instagram (@alicia.vilas) and twitter (@alicia_vilas).