I taught my students their fifth class. They are all children learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
There are so many things between me and kids. Things I put there. They're not mine. They are Manhattan Kids, which mean clever and demanding for their age, schooled in navigating the millions of people in the city. They are Manhattan Kids, meaning: wealthy and accustomed to the wealth of the city. They are terrible listeners but great demanders. No discipline.
Of course, all that is crap. My students are kids who after spending 5 minutes with me got who I was and started intensely listening to everything I said. Like anyone who is inspired, they can see their Future Selves in me. Like anyone who is inspiring, I am listening for what they want and showing them the path to that. Kids don't complicate being inspired, and it is a magical experience each time. They call me to be my best. They called me to life today.