Monday, October 4, 2010
What Needs to Happen
As I was taking those classes, I was also working at the high school I graduated from. I was tutoring ESL students and found that I loved helping them and seeing how they learned from me. As I kid, I always wanted to be a teacher. But the prospects of going to school for YEARS only to become jobless did not appeal to me. People, just in case you don't know this: getting a teaching job is quite difficult especially these days when districts are cutting teaching jobs everywhere. As a student teacher in our district expressed last year finding a teaching job is like winning the lottery these days.
Anyway, because I was starting to hate accounting and love teaching, I decided to give it a shot.
Fast forward to almost the end of 2010, I still love teaching. But, I have been in school for 8 years (part time) not counting the 3 year break I took after I got my bachelors and a teaching degree! I almost forgot what life was like when I was not in school. Now that I have one more term left after I complete this one, it is time to start imagining the completion of this big task of mine.
What needs to happen when I am done is this: me paying more attention to the people I care about. This means my husband, my kids, my husband's and my immediate and extended families. This means reconnecting with my friends and remembering birthdays and cards (Vera, you're my inspiration for this one!). This means paying more attention to the families in church who are in need. I want to be there for my nieces' sport activities and remember to call and send gift packages to my family in Russia. I want to host more dinner parties and be available to attend others'.
All of these things I want to be able to do, God willing beginning next summer. Too much time has been spent on bettering MYself and taking care of my needs. It seems selfish. A former student of mine once asked me whether I want to be remembered for my accomplishments or my character. I answered, "My character" even though I was currently very busy working on my accomplishments.
What needs to happen is me living up to the answer I gave her and the silent promise I gave to myself.