‘I can’t believe that!‘ said Alice.
‘Can’t you?’ the Queen said in a pitying tone. ‘Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.’
Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’
‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’
– Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
So much has happened over the past month. I’ve been offered and have accepted a part-time job developing science content for a company that creates online learning resources. The company is based in India and is working in affiliation with the Faculty of Education here in Cambridge. The resources are to be used in South African schools! I’ll get to help design interactive lessons informed by solid, progressive pedagogy. Then, I’ll get to work directly with teachers in South Africa as they use the materials and make suggestions for improvement. I’m so excited!
This brings together so many elements of teaching, writing, and science that I’m passionate about. A year ago, even a few months ago, I wouldn’t have believed that all these strands could have come together. In the spirit of the White Queen’s words, here are six things I’ve been pinching myself to believe each morning:
- Someone wanted me to work with them so much they created a job for me. (The job I originally applied for was offered to someone else, but the company decided to ask me to join them as well.)
- I can trust this. Expectations will be high, but realistic. This will challenge, stretch, and push me. But I can also stand my ground, state my mind, disagree. They will listen.
- I come to the table with full dining rights. I am no one’s special guest. I am not a subordinate, but a colleague on this project. My input will be both valued and valuable.
- Logisitical delays are just that – logistical delays. I’ll expect bureaucratic hiccoughs and paperwork jungles. These can and will be navigated. They don’t need to drain my energy. I’ll weather them like heat waves and monsoons, rainy seasons and winter days. After all, we can only move at the speed of communication.
- This will change me. The way I see the world, England, India, South Africa. The way I see teaching, travel, learning, writing, technology, business. This is big, but can be taken in small slow steps.
- This is happening. I am going to write and teach and create and use my science and my imagination. And, because it’s part-time, I’ll still have time for my own writing!
What impossible things are you believing before breakfast?