Use Your 'And'
Last week I watched this video by Louise Sprinkle of Glitter called 'Use Your And' which was promoting a campaign by 'Venus' which encourages women to recognise and embrace everything they are. Reminding them that they can be more than one thing. We can be beautiful and Smart, A party girl and a book nerd. You are more than one label. You are a complex person, you aren't black and white. So many different things make up who you are.
This message really got me thinking as the idea is something I can relate to so much. I have so many contrasting character traits and interests that often I end up wondering who I actually am. What am I?
Some people may label me as 'teacher' Which is true. I'm an English and Geography teacher so I spend a lot of time with my head in a book. It's something I care about a lot. I'm passionate and enthusiastic. I'm a geek who enjoys analysing poetry, and reading novels. I spend hours thinking about the best way to approach studying something. I try to come up with good classroom activities. I worry about my students progress and how I can help them. I am an authority figure and I stress over classroom management having to shout 'you're being disruptive' more than once a day. Being a teacher is a massive part of who I am.
However, I am also a 22 year old woman who loves to sleep in until noon, go out and party with friends, have the odd drink, buy way too much make-up and clothes, stay up late on the internet, post way to many selfies on instagram. I spend so much time procrastinating and putting off important things. I love photography and having free time to enjoy the outdoors. I love a good gossip and I'm addicted to carbs.
It's this weird double persona I have that sometimes confuses me. Especially when the two worlds collide. Like when I'm in a shop in a tracksuit and hoodie with a friend buying alcohol for a house party that night we're laughing away and I bump in to a student, who see's me as a much different person than what I am currently being.
However, instead of being confused and wondering who I am. What is my label. Louise's video and this campaign video reminded me that I am so many things. I am a nerd and I am a party girl. I'm a doer and a procrastinator. I am smart and silly. I am a friend and a teacher. I'm funny and I am serious. I love words and I love photographs.
It is all of these things who make me the person I am.
Use your 'And', tell me two or more things you are in the comment section down below!