With difficulty, I’ve decided that a major transition is needed in my life. To that end, I will retire from public education at the end of this school year. But I’m not retiring from life. I’m embracing the next phase of life. I have no regrets about my twenty four years of teaching; there are just so many more things to do.
Probably the most difficult aspect is to pay more attention to myself. I want to slow down, I want to heed my body’s messages, I want to become a healthier person in all aspects. These are the most important things. I desperately need to “stop and smell the roses.”
Words are an important part of my life. I love them. I love to use them. I love to read them. They are like molten lava within me, bubbling and boiling. Like any active volcano, there have been some lava flows (blog posts) to relieve the pressure. But a full-scale eruption is coming. My volcano is not destructive, it will be like a floral eruption.
As I begin this major transition, I am not intimidated by the change in my environment. Though I will definitely miss my students and colleagues, I have been careful that my career did not become my identity. Yes, I’m a teacher but I will always be a teacher. It’s what I do well, regardless of the situation or venue. But it’s one facet of my multi-faceted personality.
Stay tuned as I work through this transition. Within the next several months I will be ready to disclose what’s next for me. It’s pretty exciting! The sun is not setting, it’s always rising for me from now on. One mantra is, thanks to U2, “it’s a beautiful day/don’t let it get away.” For the perpetual sunrise, the Beatles sang, “Here comes the sun, Here comes the sun/And I say it’s all right.” And my life isn’t complete without Bruce Springsteen…”Well tomorrow there’ll be sunshine/And all of this darkness past.”
Perpetual dawn, what a wonderful image!