Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Choices, choices....

I'm at one of those crossroads at the moment, I feel. And this time it's a livelihood type one. Nothing major will be changing for a while (I'm locked in at work for the next term / academic year), but I'm starting to think about what to do when summer 2009 rolls around.

Do I stay in teaching? Or bite the bullet and pursue something else?

I guess part of the problem is that I love my job. I do. The actual time with the kids and the fun and the helping them learn and the real, honest-to-goodness being there, making a difference, I love. And I love learning something new every day. And the holidays are kickass too :)

But I'm feeling more and more like singing, acting and writing might deserve some of my time also. Just a year to try and see if I can break in. And maybe it's almost time. Maybe I'll make it. Maybe I'll fall flat on my butt. But I feel like I should try, at least. I've put off trying for myriad reasons - wanting to make my parents proud, lack of money, fear of unemployment, just plain fear. Maybe I need to do this to just know I took my shot. Do I have that much faith in myself?

I guess we'll see.



  1. Two of my friends in England, coincidentally, teach but also do zines, performances, etc. ... go for it!

  2. Once, when I was much younger, and older gentleman counciled me with this advice:

    "Security is an illusion, son. I worked for a company for 20 years, and one day, bam, I got downsized. Started my own company doing what I always wanted to do, and now I make more than I ever did working for someone else."

    It stuck with me, even though I didn't take the risk I was contemplating at that time (which I've regretted ever since).

  3. I say do it while you're young and have the energy.

  4. You just never want to look back and regret by saying "what if?" You know what I mean?

  5. There's nothing wrong with pursuing all three while still teaching. I'm comfortable doing the acting thing on the side, and working at the same time. Ultimately, it's whatever makes you happy.

  6. Go for it. That's not something you want to wonder about 10, 15, 25 years down the road. You know?

  7. Can you take a leave of absence for a year from teaching to pursue your other goals? That would be ideal....as you would still have a job to return to if the singing did not work out.

  8. Wow, you are so brave and ambitious. I like that. ;)

    The nice thing about teaching is that it does allow some time for one to pursue outside interests. For my next staff book club meeting, we're actually reading an acclaimed novel that was written by an English teacher at another school in our board.

  9. You're definitely a performer at heart. If you can make money doing what you love, do it and don't look back!

  10. When I was younger, I packed only what I could get in my car and moved across the country with no job and an unseen apartment I had leased from out of state. It was the hardest and best thing I ever did for myself. You should follow your heart.

    Erin/cK's Muse.

    P.S. It all worked out - I got a job, and I still live here (Minneapolis/St Paul, USA).

  11. most important thing is not to have any regrets. It sounds like you would regret it if you didn't try.

  12. You may always regret it if you don't go for it. Life is too short :)

  13. Remember whenever we feel we are insecure say thanks to the simple fact that somehow still LIFE secure inside us....
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