In addition to teaching adult education for the last 15 years, I have been busy raising my kids. I've always been passionate about motherhood. While the kids still need me on occasion, they are growing up. Between my job slowly dissolving and my kids growing up, I feel like I'm in limbo. What's next for me? It's a scary uncertain time. I want my next phase of life to be just as rewarding as the previous one has been but have no idea what my skills allow me to do. Plus, once you've been in a position of helping people as a career, it is pretty hard to give that up.
As I slowly prepare my heart and mind for a new job, I know what I don't want. I don't want to go back to public education. Teaching fifth grade was a lot of work and I don't have the energy for it anymore. I don't want to be stuck in an office working on a computer all day. I cringe every time I try to see myself there. I like variety. I also have a few things I want. After twenty some years of teaching, I want to continue helping others. I love that part of my life. I love knowing that I have helped many students who have been away from school for many years feel comfortable and component. Also, after working odd hours for so long, I'd like a regular schedule that also comes with benefits, something I haven't had as adjunct faculty.
Each morning I wake up and ask for guidance on where I am supposed to be. I search different career sites and try to see myself in different jobs. So far, nothing. I know there is a place for me and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it won't be long before I see myself in a place designed for my unique gifts and I can continue contributing to our family income while also making a small dent in a better world.
I am curious, how have you transitioned into a new phase of life?