We all need it. It keeps us functioning, enables us to go on. One foot in front of the other.
In a world where so many instances and situations make us feel like we're not OK - or that perhaps we're actually invisible, or even that what we could bring to the table is totally insignificant not to mention possibly delusional or ridiculous - to receive validation for something we are doing, believe in, or just for who we are, is a wonderful boost to the ego.
And I'm feeling pretty good right now as I just got a great, big, fat, validation sticker put on one particular area of my life.
At the end of last year, I put together an application for registration as a Home Educator through the Queensland Government. I felt a bit daunted just looking at it all, but with some help from a couple of lovely friends, it made a bit more sense.
The process of the application was pretty huge. There was quite a lot of criteria that I needed to prove I could meet within our homeschooling plan, and every second piece of info. I was sending had to be certified by a Justice of the Peace.
When I thought I had everything together I sent it off, praying for a quick response.
And yesterday I received a lovely "welcome letter" from the Home Education Unit telling me I had been given a provisionary registration and that they would be in contact in about three weeks' time for "further support and assistance if needed".
To be honest, I had been a little bit terrified of the response I would get from the Home Education Unit. I even had nightmares involving my children being taken away and me being burnt at the stake with a sign over my head saying, "Not a teacher".
But all my worries and fears have abated, and I'm feeling pretty confident and ready to meet the challenge of homeschooling head on.
At least for this week anyway..........