This one is a little bit tough for me because I’ve never felt like I’ve had a career that I loved. On the other hand, I am grateful that I’ve always found some kind of work to help pay the bills and support myself.
In my current position, I am grateful that I can help children with special needs reach their potential. I enjoy giving my kids hope, finding strategies to manage behaviors and accomplish academic goals. Everyone needs to feel useful. I don’t care what struggle you come with into this world.
I am also grateful that the school is nearby, making for a short commute. Having summers off to explore the world allows another part of me to flourish.
As far back as I can remember, I wanted two basic things out of life “when I grew up”. I wanted to help people reach their potential and to see the world. Ideally, I could combine those two concepts together. I still hold out hope that someday I will.
I thought a lot about how to leverage my education and experience into a career in education which seems like it could be a great fit for the life I want to live. I went to an information seminar which talked about an accelerated teacher certification program for people with a degree and experience in science and math. I thought to myself, that could be it. I have a B.S. in Biology and I would appreciate teaching older students (vs. elementary where I am now) because I could go more in depth and do more complex experiments with them.
Before you knew it, I was signed up to take the Middle School Science Praxis II exam. Passing this is one of the requirements to apply for the program. It basically tests you in all areas of the sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, Technology) and determines if you’re competent 🙂 I was pretty nervous during the test and walking out, was sure I failed. While in Spain, I learned that I passed it by 25 points!
So, I have another basic Praxis test to take which tests core competencies (Reading, Writing, Math) that I need to pass. You’ll probably laugh after hearing how well I did on the Science test, despite my concern that I failed, but I am afraid that I will bomb the easy stuff and pass the hard stuff. It wouldn’t be the first time something like this happened. For example, in college, I got C’s in General Chemistry and A’s and B’s in Organic Chemistry !? So, maybe say some prayers, please 🙂
I digress. Got a little sidetracked there. Tying it all together.
I am changing careers or at least modifying how science is paying the bills. It is kind of nerve wracking sometimes. Exciting, yes, but a little scary. I am 37 and find that I am ready to have what I really want in my life. Within the next three years, I will work to put everything I want in place so that when 40 rolls around, there will be no life crisis. I am ready for more stability and a career that allows me to build for my future and also helps other people reach their potential. I am also ready to have the freedom that allows for my adventurous side to flourish (summers off) so that I may always meet new people and cultures and see the world.
So, I am not quite where I want to be, but I am grateful that I have a job that is in the field that I want to advance myself. I am grateful that I have work that offers me the chance to help children discover their potential. I am thankful that it provides me with health insurance, a pension, and that I am already building towards that future that I want.
How about you? Why are you grateful for work?
With gratitude from aneternaltraveler 😉