I guess many times in life it takes something that needs to happen to wake you up and help you focus in asking yourself, "how's my life going?" (The old, doing your homework connection) The current events going on around the state of Michigan and our country for that matter with education, has me thinking, a lot about my current profession as a high school teacher. I know I enjoy teaching and I am passionate about helping young people, but I am wondering about what else is out there for me? Being in my mid-40's might have a little something to do with it too.
At this point in my life I guess I am thinking about doing other things with my life. My two kids are getting older and there will be more time soon in my life to focus on my wife and myself more than I have been able to do in the past. Maybe I am also to look ahead for the next 10 to 15 years and see some other opportunities that I didn't have before. I'd like to think that I'm not ready to leave teaching, but I do wonder about what else I can do in education. This quote has me thinking about if I am just settling for things; and it connects with the reality that there is not a lot of time left in my working life if I do indeed want to explore what else is out there.
Like I said, sometimes it takes an outside factor or person or a group of people to help you along with this self-reflection of your life. I always tell my students about finding something they are passionate about in life and going after that. This statement can serve not only middle age people like myself, but I think it can ignite a great and wonderful life for teens that look for connections earlier in their lives than most adults did with theirs. What thoughts do you have about this? Have you found something passionate to connect yourself to in your life? I'm always interested in learning from others as teachers need to become a student again in so many instances. We need to realize that class is always in session throughout our lives.