When facing challenging times, perseverance is the one thing that we need in bucket loads. When facing anything outside of your comfort zone, the ability to keep on going is invaluable.

As a teacher, I talk about perseverance all the time…my favourite saying ” keep on keeping on.” The children often roll there eyes as that trips off my tongue. That’s it though. Keep on keeping on, don’t give up…don’t let “can’t” be an option- consider it as a “I can’t yet.” Growth mindset is a wonderful tool, both to my class of year 6’s and to myself.

I have had so many experiences in my lifetime that have required perseverance. I hardly think I’ve ever said ” I Give up” except in the joking sense, when playing games with my boys when they were young. Is this something that is ingrained in me then? Is it something that I was born with – nature? or has it been nurtured, as I’ve grown up?

From tirelessly reading the epic tale of Great Expectations, to going the rounds in a boxing match…I’ve never given up. If I set my mind to something, agree to do something, offer to help with something, I do see it through. It may not be to everyone’s timescale and things may get in the way but I always come through in the end. Always. This is something I pride myself in. I also aim to instil this quality into my children.

Within my teaching career, things haven’t always been so easy. My NQT and QTS years were filled with many struggles. Mainly down to bullying from the head and her deputy. However, I persevered. I took what they threw at me…sometimes hitting it right back at them. They wanted to mould me into something that I could never be. They ruled by fear and threat and I could never, ever be that person that they wanted me to be. Colleagues went through the same things…some left the profession completely. My perseverance stood me in good stead and after a short break in my career ( 9 months to have my first son) I returned to the job, and my career began to flourish in a wonderful school where I was valued.

What would have happened if I hadn’t persevered through that adversity? Where would the things that I learnt from those bad experiences, have otherwise come from? Testing times teach us wonderful lessons. It may not seem it at the time, but persevering though difficult times allows us to grow as a person.

” Grow through what you go through”

Without perseverance we wouldn’t grow. Its as simple as that.

Perseverance requires patience and, as frustrating as this can be sometimes, I am beginning to accept that. I am now on the edge of my new career and I am determined to see it work. I’m also saying goodbye to a fruitful career that has served me well…I am determined to leave with a job well done- as difficult as that sounds in the current climate.

I see life as a giant mountain range that you are travelling along. There are the peaks and beautiful views but there are also the bases of each mountain and the climb to the top. That’s when perseverance counts. Without the climb you don’t get to see the mountain top view. As with each mountain you successfully climb, there’s another one waiting to challenge you. I love that about life. Its never finished…until it is.

“There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb”

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