I used to think that homeschoolers were weird. I was right. We are pretty different.:)
When I was in public school, I never really fit in. I tried. I tried buying the name brand clothes, but there was always someone prettier. I tried being athletic, but I wasn't the best. I tried being smart, but I was never the top of my class. What I have come to learn, is that no matter how hard you try, there is always going to be someone better, and you are never going to know who you truly are until you decide that its cool to be uncool. When you decide not to follow the crowd and just be who you are- that's when you will be the best- the best at being you.
I remember when I first decided to start homeschooling, someone told me that was going to make me unsocial. I told them that if the things others were doing to be social after school- drugs, drinking, having sex, and making it seem like God doesn't exist were what they considered social, then I prefer to be unsocial thank you very much. :)
At home we always joke about how I'm the valedictorian, cheer captain, soccer captain, school president and the homecoming queen in my school of one. While of course we are just kidding, it kind of makes me realize how silly all of those titles can be. Most of the time, its just a popularity contest. While many of these things are good things- and there are many talented people who work hard towards these accomplishments- sometimes, people act like its the end of the world when they are not chosen. I have come to learn that you just have to be yourself. Because, while you may be the valedictorian and homecoming queen in your school- you could move anywhere else and not be. True happiness means discovering who you are and what God has called you to be. Because I'm pretty sure when you stand in front of God one day and He asks what you did with the life He gave you, He'll be more concerned about what you did to make Him known than what you did to make yourself known.
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever." -1 John 2:15-17
Along with being unsocial, many people think homeschoolers lounge around in their pajamas every day, not accomplishing much. This may not be a complete lie, because I can do my school work in my pj's, but I promise you that most homeschoolers learn a lot. I have come to terms with the fact that I will never be a math scholar, but I am getting more real world experiences than I would get just reading a textbook. I get my business class from when I have to translate for lawyers and accountants and when I make spreadsheets for Village of Hope or take "field trips" to the bank to help with financial matters. I have gotten the privilege of working along side doctors and dentists translating for them and learning from their knowledge. They have taught me about cysts, surgeries, diagnostics, cavities, pulling teeth, and so much more. I've assisted carpenters, plumbers, and electricians and my Child Development class is the real deal. I've learned about adoption, attachment and prenatal care. No carrying around fake babies for me, we work with the real ones.
But what I love best about being homeschooled is- nobody can kick Jesus out of my school. If I want to put off my science in order to spend extra time reading my bible, I am pretty sure my teacher would be okay with that.
My name is Addisyn Block, I am a homeschool nerd- and I'm thankful.