I always intended on going to college right after high school, but life happened. I moved to Va. Beach to live with Prince Charming while he finished up his last year in the Navy. Then we moved home and I started the business of being an adult. Job, apartment, car and figuring out how to apply for financial aid and get to college.
My plans were sidetracked with the news of Alex's pending arrival. I knew that I wouldn't be able to handle being a mom and a college student for a while, so college was put aside. I planned on starting school when Alex was 3 and old enough for the college's on site daycare. Then I would be able to go to school full time, see him in between classes and not feel like I was ignoring him or my responsibilities as a mom.
Shortly after he turned 3 I began applying for financial aid for the fall semester. Then I found out about Liberty's pending arrival. Once again the decision was made to wait until Alex was in school and Liberty was old enough for the college daycare.
Well, the best laid plans...have nothing on Mother Nature's plans. Shortly after Liberty's 3rd birthday, yes, I found out about Bean's pending arrival.
This time instead of waiting until Bean is 3 (or tempting Mother Nature to mess with my Birth Control) I decided to start online classes this January. I am so excited to finally begin working toward my career goals, but at the same time, that is the exact problem. I haven't been able to decide just what it is that I want to be when I grow up.
My top two choices over the past 5 years have been a teacher or a nurse. I knew that is where my biggest passions and talent potentials were. But making a choice between them was very hard. On the financial side of things, being a nurse was more beneficial. When it came to fitting into my lifestyle with 3 kids, school breaks, holidays and other things I wanted in life becoming a teacher made the most sense. And my desire for both careers was huge and I wasn't able to choose between them. Both of them gave me a chance to make a difference in someone's life. To touch a person's heart and make them, and myself, better for doing it.
I ran across this video a few days ago and by the time I had finished it I knew where my heart really was.
I have watched it over and over. And every single time it makes me get teary eyed and covered in goose bumps. THAT is what I want in my life. Even though I know that teaching can be a thankless, underpaid, exhausting and overwhelming job, I also know that it can be richly rewarding and satisfying.
To all those teachers out there who helped me through, made me go beyond where I thought I could, and helped make me who I am today.....Thank You!