One of the things I admire most about life is that it's always full of surprises.
When I watch the news, it looks like there are tragedies on every corner. It seems like the world is slowly coming to its demise. It's easy to be pessimistic about the future.
As an educator, I hope to be surprised on a daily basis. I want the expectations that past experiences have taught me to be disproven. I want all my students to succeed, especially the ones who seem like there is no possible way they'll "make it." Their individual stories point toward future failure.
I hope that they prove destiny wrong. I've seen some who actually have. I've also seen many who haven't.
Still, no matter what the past has shown me, I hope to be pleasantly surprised in any possible way; like being in awe of a palm tree growing out of a concrete parking lot between a brick wall and barbed wire fence.