I met with an administrator and was asked about my professional goals. I explained my professional time line and that my ultimate goal is to become superintendent. The admin looked at me which such a face as if to say my dreams and goals are unattainable!!! I then proceeded to explain I want to receive my PhD in three years (by age 30) and she laughed!!!! Are you serious??? I couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing. She proceeded to explain that she had been working on her PhD for quite some time but "its good that I dream big." Forgive me but what exactly did she mean by that? I understand it is an extremely difficult and tedious task but are you implying that it is impossible?? Aren't you an educator? Aren't you a woman? Aren't you a minority? I expected so much more from you. You should be able to understand my thirst for high achievement and offer to mentor me but instead I'm met with doubt and opposition.
This meeting did not sit well with me at all. I knew I had two options: 1) catch an immediate attitude (my thorns) and allow her to deter me or 2) see past her "hate" and remain stead fast on my goals. Of course, after calming down I chose choice #2. I see her and her negative opinion as a road block I just avoided. Instead I will use it as the ammunition I need in order to achieve my goals.
This situation reminds me of a quote I would like to leave you with... "Live your life to the fullest potential and always fight for your dreams." Never allow anyone or anything to deter you from your goal, if you feel in your spirit that it is for you, then it will be. Carpe Diem :)