Looks like somebody’s been hearing you all along, Mizha…
Every now and again, something will happen that highlights how vastly different my life is now that I’ve switched careers. Today the bell rang and the children flooded in, each one of them bearing flowers. It was teacher appreciation day, and while most of the bouquets went to the teacher I assist, many of the students had brought a special flower for Mrs. Childs too. It was completely unexpected, and I had to make an impromptu vase out of a thermos I’d brought.
Being, as I am, an increasingly emotional sap, I confess to blinking back a few tears. While finances are something I agonize about a lot these days, moments like that that make a tight bank account feel a small price to pay. I’ve never felt valued at a job before. Never felt like I made a difference or mattered to anyone. Here, I can see the impact I have every day. Even if it’s something small, like getting a student to fall in love with poetry, or discover a hidden acting talent, or remember to turn in their homework for the first time in weeks because they promised me they would. I don’t know if teaching will be a major part of my future or not right now, but I do know these will be experiences I look back on with fondness. And that’s a first.
What about your life brings you joy right now?