There are days I find myself thinking those same thoughts. There are tough days when I wake up and focus on the things missing from my life, and the things happening to those around me. When I see another announcement from someone my age. When I see another adorable pin on Pinterest. I sometimes compare myself and ask, "Why not me? When will it be my time?"
And then, I realize I need to shift my paradigm. This year, I have an AMAZING group of students. They are kind to one another and to me, they are incredibly hard workers, and they have an insatiable appetite for learning. They make connections I've never thought of before. They are, without a doubt, going to be one of "those groups" of students that you want to keep forever and ever.
Last week, I was looking through their weekly reflections, and found myself smiling ear to ear at their responses. They are so eager for this school year, and their happiness is absolutely contagious. It is just what I needed after the last few months. My new paradigm? The glass can be half full, if you just look for it. Will I think that every day? Definitely not. But, at least I'm learning how to look at that glass differently.