Radical Unschooling is supporting each other in the pursuit of joy. It is each person finding that which fuels their fire, and reveling in it. It is shared, reciprocal respect. It is enjoying the journey that we travel together. It is realizing what is most important, and remembering to cherish it. It is living joyfully, respectfully, and consciously.
how long have you been unschooling or homeschooling?
We have been doing this from the beginning, but just realized there was a term for it about 1 year ago. We are continuously evolving, growing, and moving down the RU path.
first names of children
a little about me
After a lifetime of trying to gain everyone's approval, I have embarked on a journey of self-discovery. Although this desire had been lurking under the surface for quite some time, my mother's death at the beginning of last year was the catalyst that spurred me to actively begin this journey.
I am rediscovering the things that really make me who I am. Some things I buried because they did not fit with the image I thought the world expected me to project. Others I am just finding, now, that I no longer feel that I should be a certain type of person. It is an incredible, sometimes difficult and painful, but rewarding venture.
I feel that I am finally acknowledging all of those things that the tiny voice in the back of my head said were the way things could be if I trusted myself and didn't worry about what I "should" do. Finally, things feel "right" for me. I feel like I am living authentically, and not trying to live by a set of rules that have no real basis in my life.
I feel that, apart from all the other wonderful benefits, RU will allow my children to figure out and be the people they truly are from the beginning. Then they won't have to try to find this out after living a lifetime in the shadow of someone else's expectations.
Boy, it felt good to say all of that!
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Oops - sorry... I am the moderator for wru but I am completely awful with names. I searched my email and didn't see your name so I thought you weren't a member but I'm the one that approves memberships so I'm sure I saw it at one point. Sorry! Maybe we'll see you in January at the get together at my house (once I set a date).
Hi Holly - I saw your post in the PNW group and wanted to say hello. I thought you might like to know that there are some local yahoo groups that may be of interest. WashingtonRadicalUnschoolers and EastsideUnschoolers. The latter has a local list with more activities and a wider range of stlyes (i.e. not just unschoolers) and the first group meets less often but is a radical unschooling group. We're in Snoqualmie, so not too far from you (although not all that close either :)