My slant on the world…

Dare to be different!

How is it that we want to be both accepted as part of the crowd and yet, different and intriguing? Every time there’s a choice, I always pick different. I like being different and I’ve always liked being different. I could give you an entire history of how I’ve made choices that usually go against the flow rather than with it. I think that’s why I love Robert Frost’s poem; it models my own philosophy.

The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

This poem speaks to me because it talks about traveling, my first love. But if you dig deeper into its meaning, it also talks about taking a risk, choosing a different path in life, and how rewarding that can be.

The Rock of Cashel

I could tell you all of the ways I’m different but that would be a lllloooonnnnnggggg list! I strive for different. But, I want to focus on my ethnicity. My ancestral line comes from County Tipperary, Ireland. For my 10th wedding anniversary, my husband took me to Ireland. Armed with baptismal and wedding records, we hunted for distant relatives and sought out the most-haunted Leap castle. Being Irish isn’t different, but looking for one’s relatives is a bit unusual. What makes me different is wanting to know more about other cultures. Learning about Ireland, not just shamrocks, was interesting and eye-opening. I learned about other languages, religions, and felt satisfied in my quest. I’m different because I seek out what’s different. I look for things not like me, learn about them, and learn to appreciate the contrasts. And, frankly…. sometimes I learn about how we’re also the same!

How are you different?

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84 responses

  1. steelers rock

    Dear Mrs. B I like the song Stair Away to Heavan it is a good song I think my dad has that tape but it is by some other band. It is really really helps when you play that music in class it really gets my brain moving to get my homework done on the day you give it to us. I think that when you play that cd it really helps the other kids going to it really helps me think it is a good way to help me get in to the class. It is a good cd I think that you should bring it to school all the time it is fun to listen to music when you are doing homework. Like that injunctions paper and that conjuntions paper I got that done in like two minutes after you turned the cd on so I think you should bring that to school every day well bye

    January 10, 2008 at 3:22 pm

  2. from a human per 4

    blog is working out gr8. u r a gr8 teacher 2. keep posting more things on the blog. (i really like the music 2)

    January 10, 2008 at 3:20 pm

  3. catelyn per 4

    cool story i really like the music. i’m going 2 have 2 check the videos out on utube. the blog is working out great i hope more people will check it out. from your favorite student CATELYN.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:18 pm

  4. Erin per 6

    cool story I like the music. got to go

    January 10, 2008 at 3:16 pm

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