I spent nine years getting through college to become a teacher (I had a couple major operations along the way). I spent eight years being a teacher, and then, just like that I was done. Then I found a wonderful job with a wonderful boss and now the business is closed. I am officially unemployed. Yes, I have applied for multiple positions and had a few interviews, but no luck yet.
Now I'm sitting on my couch in sweat pants wondering what comes next. Obviously, I could clean the house or get on the treadmill, but those are short term. My what next question is more about the future. Teacher has been my identity for so long, that I have forgotten how to be anything else. I'm like so many high school seniors who have no idea what they want to do after they graduate. Sure, I could go back to school, but I've already got two degrees and no desire to take out more loans. Plus, I'm older now with a house, a husband, and three pets. This is our home. I'm not going to move in search of a job.
Right now, I can hear the voice of a wise lady I used to work with at the Wal-Mart in Manhattan, "Patience is a virtue." She's right. Sometimes the best thing to do is hold on to faith and be patient. We can survive for a couple of months with the money we have saved. I'm going to walk on the treadmill and clean the house and work on being a better me. That way, when the time comes, I'll be ready.
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