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You are who you are. Me – I’m a teacher.

I am a teacher. A teacher of English, to be precise. And I am proud to be a teacher. You can’t run away from it – you are who you are. These long days, during which I was unable to teach, I have missed it terribly – both my demanding learners and my wonderful colleagues.

I cannot begin to tell you how fulfilling it is when your learner, be it a child or an adult, masters something, understands something, learns something with joy and for life. I cannot begin to describe how it makes you grow as a person when a kid, in front of a full audience gathered for the final performance, tells you ‘you know, that blue stuff on your eyes does not look good on you’, or when a teenage girl tells you what she wants to be and then gathers the courage to tell her parents… Or when an adult person tells you they finally love learning.

I will always be grateful to those who discovered this in me, gave me my first shot, offered new opportunities and challenges. In these 25 years there have been beautiful, difficult and sad times, but it is what it is – love.

The greatest compliment I ever got was given to me by a young genius, a high-school graduate at the time, who said: ‘Do you know why I like learning with you? Because you always want to know what WE think, and not what the book says, and then you listen to our opinion.’

I’m a little bit late but still – happy World Teachers’ Day to all who are or feel like teachers!

#worldteachersday

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Why I was away…

Some day I will tell you the entire story of the manuscript in the photo below, The Silver People. It was about 2 months after my SAH, burst brain aneurysm surgery, which I woke up from sightless, but kept writing and talking in both Croatian and English, sometimes simultaneously without knowing it. I cannot tell you the horrors our brains can create when afraid – when a simple path from your kitchen to your bathroom seems like heated lava spilling over Saruman’s orcs workshop in LOTR. The mind is a force of nature and we its minions. But faith, love and kindness are relentless, too. The mind is a force of nature.

So this is why I was away for a year. I’m coming back. I still have a lot to say and do.

#aneurysm #WorldMentalHealthDay

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