If you've been a long time visitor to this space, then you know that in a past life (two years ago) I was a Special-Ed Classroom Teacher. My story on the whole thing can be read by visiting this page, but I warn you: it's a looooong story.
Then I recently received an email from a reader who, a few days after school started this year, QUIT. She wrote:
"I quit my 4th grade teaching job this week, the day after my 26th birthday. This was my fourth year teaching and my second school. I started out the year thinking "I've just got to make it to June," which quickly turned in to "I just got to make it to Winter Break," then "I can't take another day of this!"I know leaving was the best decision I made; this year just felt all wrong. Fortunately, I've got an incredible support group. I guess the hardest part for me is just not knowing what I want to be now. I've wanted to be a teacher ever since I was little, but it's clearly not for me.I'll be reading back through your archives, but do you have any suggestions about Life After Teaching? Just having you as proof that a person can start over and pursue something that makes them happy is heartening."
"Even young people who have a plan (be a doctor, lawyer, research scientist, singer) don't really know what will happen. If they have any certainty at all, they're a bit deluded. Life doesn't go according to plan, and while a few people might do exactly what they set out to do, you never know if you're one of those. Other things come along to change you, to change your opportunities, to change the world. The jobs of working at Google, Amazon or Twitter, for example, didn't exist when I was a teenager. Neither did this job (Blogging). So if you can't figure out the future, what do you do? Don't focus on the future. Focus on what you can do right now that will be good no matter what the future brings. Make stuff. Build stuff. Learn skills. Go on adventures. Make friends. These things will help in any future."
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