Coincidentally, I very recently rewatched Tim Minchin’s UWA address from five years ago. I love his speech for the humour of course, the poetic rhythm, the wit, the wisdom, and the existiential realist he is. You can download the full transcript here.
Life Lesson Six, he mentioned:
“Be a teacher! Please! Please! Please be a teacher. Teachers are the most admirable and important people in the world. You don’t have to do it forever but if you’re in doubt about what to do be an amazing teacher. Just for your 20s be a teacher. Be a primary school teacher. Especially if you’re a bloke. We need male primary school teachers. Even if you’re not a teacher, be a teacher. Share your ideas. Don’t take for granted your education. Rejoice in what you learn and spray it.“
How is it that it took me so long to realise that everyone can be, and in fact is, a teacher. There is so much uniqueness to everyone of us – different perceptions, different thoughts, different feelings, different platforms where we stand. Why do we play ourselves small, why do we see our views and opinions as unworthy to be voiced? Of course, there is also the other extreme which is besides the point here, heh. Our sharing of ideas, of views (upon examination, for relevancy to the context at least) would serve to open up another’s frame of thought, or at least open up to some compassion for a different position or perspective.
At a different level of teachings, there is also the mentor, who plays a different role altogether. I have been really really fortunate to always have brilliant minds guiding my life – in the professional arena, in personal development, and most importantly, ethical and esteemed people pinnacles in their respective fields showing me the methodology for making judgement calls in the weirdest situations I get caught in.
Then again, they managed to reach the pinnacles for very good reason as well. That is the part where they play my teachers. They are almost always autocratic, or sometimes (most times?) even dictatorial. As life teachers, their roles appear to really push me hard into my own truth, strength, and reality. I am proud to say, I am starting to be more aligned with my own thinking / feeling / stand / position right now to stand up and say, “hey, I’m ready to embrace and express my own truth now”, “no more pushover”. As teachers, I do wonder how things will pan out in that light. But as mentors, I am pretty sure they will be proud when I stand up to them. ❤