So, today I am stepping way out of my element. I'm teaching an undergrad Psychology class about Ethical Dilemmas this afternoon. Whhhaaaa?!
Yeah, I wouldn't have put this on my bucket list, but now that I'm doing it (even if it is just a one-time thing) I feel like I should place "Teach a college class" on the list just so I can cross it off!
I have never taught a class. I think the closest I've come is helping out in a youth group or speaking to college girls as an RA (back in the day!) But, today, I'm walking into a classroom full of students who will look at me with apathy in their eyes and think "I hope this old lady shows some YouTube clips and talks fast."
Well, hope-of-our-future, you are in luck - I will be showing many YouTube clips and I do speak rather quickly. I'm not going to change any lives today (I mean, that's not in my powerpoint anyway) but, today's experience will change my life.
These students have no idea that this is a big moment for me, that it is adding a new feat to my resume, stepping out of my comfort zone to talk about a topic I really have barely scratched the surface on myself, and putting on my smarty pants to act like I'm the most knowledgeable person in the room. (Ha!)
Why is it so hard for women to own their intelligence? It can feel so daunting and uncomfortable to say things like "Mommy loves to learn! Mommy is smart!"
Like, am I setting the bar too high for them? What if I'm really not that smart? What if they have a hard time learning?
Worries are normal, especially when it comes to raising kids! But, when I really start to think through those doubts, I quickly realize how insecure I can sound. Maybe all those things have a grain of truth to them, the expectations and hopes that I have might be very ideal. But, the alternative is not an option.
Not only do I want my girls to see me being a strong, confident, smart woman...but I want them to see that I'm challenging myself, overcoming doubts and taking risks. I want them to see that it's a struggle, that I have worries, that I pray through so so so many of my weaknesses and therefore become stronger because of them.
Maybe this is the only class I'll ever teach. Maybe I'll totally blow it and lecture the entire time with food in my teeth. Maybe I'll be amazing and inspire another girl to become a therapist (hey, I can dream big!) But, it's true what they say about the "teacher learning the most in the room"; and, today, I've learned what it means to make sure my girls know they have a smart mother.
Smart women encourage others to be smart. Own it! Live it! And, let's raise daughters who grow up to teach their daughters that learning never ends.