My friends and family have often said that I talk too much. So on the 18 August 2017, after a small chat with someone that I had only recently met. An idea popped into my head. I thought, ‘Why not do something about it’. I did. And it lead to this. But this story has been a long time in the making. It all starts back to my final year of university.
In 2005, as I was in my final year of my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. I was tricked into thinking that teaching was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was sent on a practicum to an elementary school for one week. The rules of that practicum? Just enjoy the school life and what it had to offer. So I did. I went there and talked to the students. Played sports, and games with them. All in all, I had a great time with the students. When I went back to university after that week, I found that my experience was completely different from the teachers.
While I was playing, talking, and generally enjoying time with the students. The other soon-to-be teachers were actually being teachers. They were teaching some of the classes. They were disciplining the students. They were planning little lessons for the students. They were picking the teachers brains about teaching. Having lunch with them. actually preparing themselves to be teachers. I came back after the week thinking that teaching was going to be fun and games and just talking to students.
When my first proper assessed practicum came, I was woefully unprepared. My problem? While I was able to talk to students. I was not able to talk to the other teachers. The reason? I was not able to talk to the teachers about the job. I hated the meetings, the lesson plan talk, the test talk, the student talk. It was interesting, but boring as well. But I powered through and I became a teacher. However, there was something that just didn’t sit well with me.
After university was all wrapped up. I went to Japan. It was there that I understood what about teaching I really enjoyed. It was the talking. In Japan, I was separated from the teaching process and was allowed to move and interact with the students in the classroom. I would talk to them. Joke with them. Listen to their stories. Listen to their hopes. Listen to their dreams. I was happy when they opened up to me. This was what I thought teaching would be.
I looked into finding out how I could talk to students or people as a career. But, every time I looked into it, there always seemed to be obstacles in the way. Money. Education. However, these obstacles were nothing compared to myself. I made excuses for myself. I didn’t want to do more work at school. I didn’t’ want to spend more money. So for 10 years, I sat on my dream of talking and listen to people.
So why did I start this website? It is because I believe I have found a way for me to do what I really want to do. To listen to people’s stories from around the world. And to share them. So please join me as I share the stories from people I will meet. Straight from the park bench… and other places.