Recently, you could say I had a mini quarter life crisis. One of those moments where you’re suddenly sitting there and BAM-“Oh my god, what am I doing with my life?”
I tried to calm myself down saying things like, “Dude, you’re only 23. You already have done so much, etc. etc.” But this time was different. I’m nowhere close to where I want to be with my life. I like my jobs; I like what I do there, but it feels like there’s no purpose.
Every time I imagine myself years down the road, it involves teaching in some shape or form. I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I can remember. In high school, I created my schedule to revolve around classes that would help me achieve that. My first year of college was dedicated to nothing but education and child development courses.
I eventually went down a different path studying Anthropology, but life is now coming full circle. I’m working on earning my certification in Social Studies for K-12.
I’m excited and scared especially after going to Billy’s high school orientation yesterday and walking around with the other Freshman…and then being mistaken for an incoming Freshman. Awkward.
It’s a compliment when people think I am younger than I am, but not when it’s by 9 years….
I look the same as when I was 10…see below.
But, hey, I have a deep passion for history and the social sciences. I always have, and by becoming a teacher, I hope that I can inspire other students to follow their passion for it too or ignite it where it didn’t exist before.
My personality is that of a logical, think-all-the-situations-out, imagine-the-worst kind of person. I’ve thought through everything that could go wrong with this path to teaching.
But, I’m not going to focus on the negative. There’s too much of the “well, I really want to do this, but…” in this society. It brings me down-so I’m not going to let it anymore. I’m just going to set out to do the things I want to do and hope it all works out.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Dada Vaswani which really speaks to me:
“Thought is a tremendous force in the life of any individual. Thoughts shape our attitudes. Attitudes mold our character. Character influences our life. By changing our thought pattern, we can change our life.”