There’s Only One You (Or…worst title EVER.)

Finally. It’s poetry time. Now I realize the calendar says May, and April is officially poetry month, but whoever made that decision didn’t realize there are pacing guides to be followed. I simply could not begin poetry until Informational Writing had been taught, practiced, and assessed.

And that didn’t happen until the beginning of May. And then I got lazy with my own writing. And now it’s the middle of May.

Better late than never.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago,  I was chatting with a fellow ELA teacher. We were giddy with excitement due to our upcoming poetry unit. (Almost like Christmas Eve. Almost.) There’s nothing quite like being immersed in figurative language, creative use of white space, and rhythm and rhyme (or lack of it for those who enjoy free verse) to breathe a little fresh air into the end of the school year.

It’s been a rather rigorous year. We have labored (without the use of an epidural) through narratives, literary essays, and informational writing. I appreciate the instructional series my school district uses, but expectations are quite high…and not just for the students, mind you.

Not everyone shares my love and admiration, however.

At times, it feels like lessons are far too scripted. I get it.

Or that it lacks grammar instruction. Understood.

Or that it stifles teacher creativity. Acknowledged.

But the thing is, I don’t believe that was the intent. Lessons were meant to be snapshots. Possibilities. Ideas.

Grammar was addressed-not in isolation, but rather in the context of student writing, and based on observations.

Lessons were meant to be personalized, utilizing real life examples and personal writing-not intended to be read word for word.

The series was suppose to provide structure-a template, utilizing components that can’t be ignored.

And now, what the heck does this have to do with health?

Well, let me tell you. (Hey, btw…if you are still reading and you are not at all into the whole teacher thing, good for you! That’s perseverance!)

The same holds true when it comes to health.

Much like the components of a lesson, there are components to your health that simply cannot be ignored:

  • nutrition
  • exercise
  • sleep
  • spirituality (mindfulness)

All are vital. You can’t ignore one, but you have to make them your own. You can’t live your life exactly like someone else. It won’t work. You won’t be able to sustain it. You have to “do you”.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the latest fads…gluten free, cleanses, Whole30, CrossFit, P90X, yoga.

But fads come and go. Think long term.

What is best for your body long term?

Listen to your body. Trust what it’s telling you. Abide by the structure, but make the specifics your own. Take a close look. Be reflective. Be honest. Be willing to change what’s not working. Modify on a day to day basis. And understand that what works for one person, may or may not work for another.

After all, there is only one you.

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