Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them. ~Anonymous
I wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. I always made my brother sit in the desks in our playroom while I passed out papers, read books, or did crafts. I was so sure that teaching was what I was meant to do. I got my undergraduate degree in elementary and special education and spent the summer from hell stressed and anxious as I applied to different schools and went on various interviews. Finally, a week before school started, I got the phone call that I had been waiting for. I was hired. I didn’t even let them finish their list of statements before I hung up, crying with excitement.
But then, it was my first day. I saw my classroom, still full of the last teacher’s belongings that I was responsible to move. The To Do list that I had to accomplish grew longer and longer and longer. I cried in the parking lot on my lunch break and told my husband (then boyfriend) that I didn’t want to do this anymore. That was day one. It’s now year 7, I’m still there. But the feeling of “I don’t want to do this anymore” is stronger than ever!
In July, I became a Mom to a beautiful little boy. I have been lucky enough to have been home with him throughout this school year so far. However, the dark cloud of knowing I have to return at the end of the year, looms over me each day and creates anxiety and stress that I don’t want to feel anymore. So why am I? Is this really how I want to spend each day? In a career that I lack passion for and I’m only in because of my degrees? I don’t think so. It’s time to stop waiting for good things to come to me and time to go out and pursue them.
So, today, take the first step on the road to change. Life might be treating you well and you may have so many things going your way. But how many believe that life could be so much better if you just made a change or two? Don’t wait anymore. Take that first step, no matter how small that step may be.