A lot of people walk around thinking that they’re owed something because their education wasn’t as good as it could have been.
- It was my school’s job to make sure I knew how to speak Hebrew
- It was my parents’ job to push me harder
- It was my parents’ job to push me less
- It was my Jewish college or Hillel’s job to create a more [fill in the blank] environment
Every educator — whether it’s a parent, teacher, counselor, clergy member — has a responsibility to make their domain of education the best it can be; to foster each and every individual’s growth. And you know what, maybe you’re right. Maybe they messed up.
But now that you’re old enough to care about your growth, advancement, and quality of life (and let’s be frank, you were probably old enough 10 years ago), they can’t care anymore than you do. They can’t make any more of a difference in your life than you’re willing to make in your own.
Decide who has the greatest impact on your life — other people or yourself — and own it.
Because only once we’re willing to own our stories can we really learn from others.