Yesterday, was my first day at a new school. It was orientation week and only the new teachers were there along with the administrators. It took us around an hour and a half by taxi to get to where we were supposed to be.
I must admit that I did not mind spending those hours with my kids in the taxi as it provided me with a way out... a way to release and stop thinking about the mixed feelings I was experiencing starting a new page in my life. I spent the long drive reading about exotic animals with my son and giggling at my daughter's goofiness. I reached the school premises and immediately felt a soothing wave of calmness wash over me... I could do this!
Thankfully, my kids provided me with a way away of my nervous thoughts... like walking a path through a peaceful forest.
I reached the school and felt at ease with everyone... cracking jokes... I was chilled... relaxed... asking people questions about their lives... where they have been and what they were doing with their lives up until that point.... I must admit, again, that establishing connections with like minded people... people who were going through a new experience just like myself, provided me with a sense of relief... I am not in this boat alone... I figured that they might be just as nervous or excited as I was...
Finding some common ground between people helps to establish connections and relieve whatever stress one might be going through.... I believe that is one reason why I find blogging so inviting... a tool to relieve my stress... I like finding common interests... experiences...and much more with people around the world... makes the world feel like a whole lot smaller... it provides me with a better image of the world than those pasted on the front cover of a newspaper or on breaking news on TV.