Be Patient. Enjoy the Ride!
I wish someone had told me this when I had joined IQBar. Enjoy the ride, the destination will always be there waiting for you. In my previous blog, I mentioned how I had found IQBar. Or let me rephrase; how I struggled with other companies before finding IQBar. ‘Be patient and enjoy the ride’ also applies to my journey in finding the most well-rounded home for my teaching capabilities. So how can we incorporate the saying, “Enjoy the ride” with our teaching?
I can perhaps only speak for myself when I say that more often than not, when I travel to a destination to visit family or friends for holiday, or just for a quick break, a blanket of impatience settles over me. I just want to get the packing over and done with and fast forward straight to the hotel or whichever final destination lies in wait. After the vacation I think to myself, half of the fun was the preparation, making the lists, packing and the journey getting there. Why did I not enjoy it more? Why did I rush through the mall ticking off my list the items we needed for our excursion? Why did I not allow my husband to sit longer at the farmstall along the road and enjoy his coffee? Why did I not allow myself to enjoy my toddler bouncing around in the grass trying to catch the fastest butterflies in the world? I mean, where did these things come from? I do not recall butterflies being that fast when I was a youngster.
Always too late, regret sets in. I have been asked many times before, and I have asked this question to a few of my Breadies: If you could have any superpower what would it be? I reckon with age, one’s wishful thinking with regards to owning a superpower change. As you grow up, perhaps your magical superhero abilities do too. I recall for a long time, all I ever wanted as a child was to be able to fly. Just pick up my arms and lift off the ground soaring into the clouds. Especially if a certain sort of scolding would occur where I was to blame. Then as I grew up into a teenager, I varied from a phase where I wanted to be invisible, to later being able to read minds. Little did I know that according to my husband I would naturally develop this remarkable talent when I met him. “How did you know I wanted to go fishing?” “How did you know I brought that?”. Yes, my skill is rather handy in our relationship. But alas back to the point. Growing up brings with it a sort of wisdom that you can only develop over the number of years or even experiences you have encountered in your life. At this point in time, if I had to have a super-power it would be a coin toss between being able to slow down time, or perhaps as austere as it sounds, mortality. I might be inclined to favour the former, as spending eternity without loved ones, in the long run, does not look so alluring.
Why would I slow down time? Simple. I would relish more in everyday moments. I would stop and smell the flowers, as they say. Enjoy the look of contentment on my husband’s face as he watches our child play at the farmstall. I would giggle and bask in our toddler’s merriment, as he skips on his chubby little legs pretending to be Usain Bolt and chasing butterflies. I would thrive off the struggle it took to get to where I am now in my online teaching career. I cannot count the hours of stress, tears and screams it took to get here. The level of frustration was most likely comparable to that of the world’s most frightening rollercoaster. Up and down and up and down, twist, loop and down. I am surprised somewhere along the ride on my rollercoaster a few bolts did not unhinge, causing my rollercoaster to plummet to the ground.
Every day, if something stressful happens, or if the power goes off at the most inconvenient time, or if a Bready does not show to my colossal disappointment, I only need to remind myself; be patient, enjoy the ride. Remember what you went through to get here. You are past the worst of it.
I sincerely wish someone had told me this when I had started at IQBar: Enjoy the ride. When I found IQBar, I could not wait to settle down, propel my roots in and get the ball rolling for the long haul. Being a red personality, I made a hand-sewn quilt saying, “I Love IQBar”. I had two headsets, a back-up power supply, three crafted backdrops, a back-up camera if the one on my laptop failed me. I had two suitcases filled with stimulating props, compliments from my two-year-old’s room. I made myself available nearly ten hours a day. Expecting to be fully booked from day one. But, as with all thriving companies, polices prevented that from happening overnight. I did not understand it at the time. But now weeks later, I do, and I am thankful I was eased into the new expected procedures of IQBar. I could shake off all misconceptions I had built up in my mind from previous companies. Dispel of bad teaching habits which were never acknowledged or steered in the correct path. No one is perfect and I do not think there is one person in the world that knows all of life’s secrets. Everyone can learn something new every day if they choose to.
IQBar’s standards are remarkably high for their teachers. Interviews, mock sessions and an abundance of seminars which are provided weekly, unquestionably facilitates with the transition, to become better acquainted with IQBar. I would encourage all new Buddies, after your successful interviews and mock classes to just take a breath, organize your thoughts and your teaching environment. I am much to my husband’s dismay, a list person. Make a list. Have at least half a dozen presentable blouses or shirts, to look your best in when you start teaching. Invest time in a backdrop, or better yet two. Make sure you have at least a few props, this helps tremendously with five-year old’s who do not want to speak to a virtual stranger, but a fluffy soft toy instead. Have back-ups for your teaching equipment. And understand that the bookings will roll in eventually. Just like a new pair of shoes, which need to be worn a few times before they become your ultimate favourite thing in the world. You need to comprehend that, if you prove yourself, by diligently watching the seminars, interacting on Teams and allowing yourself to be openminded about change – you will soon realize you have not only found an extraordinary teaching community, but a new family.