Often a Teacher, Always a Student

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As a former University professor, I learned early that the best teachers are lifelong learners. In fact, I've spent almost every day of my life in someone's classroom.

During my early childhood years, I took piano lessons every week and practiced daily. I always aspired to be the best. I tested for the gifted program in second or third grade and later went on to earn college credit by taking advanced placement courses in high school.

Like most of my peers, I left my undergraduate institution with a clear plan for my graduate education. But, who knew that seeds planted during college would blossom into a doctoral degree six years later?!?

Much of my early adulthood I found myself moving from one classroom to the next—first as student and, most recently, as teacher.

I still travel the country sitting at the feet of great women and men. I've learned everything from how to be the best in my profession to simply how to be the best coupon shopper. Learning for me has not stopped and I'm certain it never will.

Certainly, I've learned some valuable lessons no matter where life's journey has taken me. Most importantly, I learned to be a student—of everything. This approach to life has helped me to always empathize with those I'm trying to teach.

For the last several weeks, I've been learning new things about myself as I prepare to reset my intentions for 2015. I am being schooled on love and laughter. On motherhood and marriage. On spirituality and right relationship. On service and stewardship. And, on me.

Each year, women all over the world mark the start of a new year with resolutions to do everything from lose weight to finish college. I've done it too. At some point, I stopped writing it down because I'd look back several months and years later to find that same goal atop the first page of my journal yet again.

In recent years, I've chosen a single word or set of words to guide my intention for the year ahead. Yet, I've still managed to not meet some of my lifelong goals and aspirations.

I choose to not plan life in the year ahead. Instead, I choose to be life's student again and am looking forward to a daring adventure as I grow bolder. Oh, the joy of anticipation!

In October 2015, I will celebrate the big 4-0 with my family and friends. Between now and then, I simply want to inhale and exhale as I embody the lessons I learned along the way.

"There is nothing more wonderful in life than seeing life as an adventure. We should all try things that we're afraid of. We should all look very clearly into the unknown and enjoy it. Because when you come in contact with things that you really don't know, that's when you're truly living." -- Author Unknown

 

Dr. Kim

Dr. Kimberly S. Clay, aka Dr. Kim, is Executive Director and founder of Dallas-based charity, Play Like A Girl!®. On a mission to inspire women and girls across the globe to live a happy, healthy and active lifestyle, Dr. Kim has set out to finally triumph in her own struggle with obesity by creating what she calls her "best me yet" in 2014-15. Sisterbration is the space she has dedicated to documenting the journey and her musings.

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