So, I’m a college student. We’ve discussed this before but if you’re new to this blog I’ll explain. I dropped out of the University of Oregon’s architecture program when I was twenty years old. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, all I knew is that I was the most unhappy and stressed out I had ever been. I was working myself to the ground in a program I didn’t even like, trying to be someone I wasn’t.
Fast forward through ten years of exploration, adventure, and self-discovery and I am living in Sacramento taking classes at CSUS. I am working towards my Bachelor’s Degree in English and oh my goodness, do I love it! I love reading and writing and studying language. I have a career path picked out after graduation so what I am doing makes logical sense, which is important to me as I’m spending a lot of time and money here. But beyond that, I’m actually enjoying my classes and enjoying my LIFE. This was definitely not the case ten years ago.
So, my plan. Bachelor’s Degree → Teaching Credential → Independent Study Teacher. I come from a family of teachers and for the first twenty-nine years of my life I said over and over again, “I will NOT be a teacher”. Then I realized, hey, that’s not a bad gig. Do I regret that I didn’t come to this conclusion sooner? Nah, because I learned a hell of a lot about myself and about life in the meantime and I had to see all the crappy jobs out there in order to appreciate a good one.
We’re not talking traditional classroom setting here. We’re talking being a facilitator of homeschooling, which is alternative and awesome. We’re talking about a flexible work schedule and a ton of work from home. We’re talking FREEDOM in regards to TIME, and that, my friends, has become #1 for me. I need to be in charge of my own time and schedule in order to be happy. That’s just a fact.
Do I still want to be a writer? YES, absolutely, 100%. And that’s actually what I want to talk about today. Sometimes you need a plan B in order to realize how much you want plan A. Would being an independent study teacher work for me? Yes. Would I be able to create a happy and fulfilling life around this job? Sure. Would it fill me with fire and passion and excitement everyday? Meh, probably not.
So, I decided it was time to try. It was time to be bold and go after my dreams and listen to that voice that keeps saying “all you have to do is write”. How will I ever know what I can do if I don’t give it a go?
Am I quitting plan B? Nope. Until I make an equivalent salary as a writer, I am still going to teach. Can I do both at the same time? ABSOLUTELY. The beauty of these plans is that they can be done simultaneously. Full-time, part-time, whatever.
Well, this was all about me today. I’m tempted to apologize but I’m not going to. I guess that’s just how it goes sometimes. Perhaps you can draw inspiration from this and apply what I’m learning to your own life. Perhaps not. Whatever. Your life is your own to do with what you will and I sure do hope you are making the most of it. Because I am, and it’s awesome.