This piece is for Nick Wilford He is compiling stories from his writing friends about Overcoming Adversity to sell and raise funds for his Step Son, Andrew, to go to a real college instead of a special, state mandated college. He deserves to be heard and have a choice in his own destiny. Here is my contribution.
But there was a time when I was doing all I could, all I thought I should, taking the bad, hoping for the best, and it wasn't enough.
After college, after working a great job, after getting over a broken engagement, after making some money and buying a car, I wanted to use my degree and be a teacher. It meant more to me than I knew.
Living on my own was wonderful and exciting. I was free. I was poor. I worked up to four jobs at a time, from a waitress, a temp, a tutor, a night school teacher, to retail, to a medical collections operator, to subbing. All the while longing to teach. Hard to believe, but there were no jobs even then. And during the only interview I got at that time, I cried. I was overwhelmed with how much I wanted to teach. But I didn't give up. I got tougher. At the school I subbed most, two positions came open and they interviewed three candidates. Guess who didn't get the job.
It broke my heart. I felt used. So I quit. I quit looking. I quit all the extra jobs. I gave up on teaching. It wasn't meant to be. I went on a trip with my friend to forget. And when I got back I had a great job waiting for me, not teaching. A few years later, the teaching bug returned and I finally got my own classroom. I never really gave up my dream. And it was worth all I went through to get it.
I started out with a plan. But life had other ideas. As I look back, everything worked out beautifully, despite the timing or what I thought should happen. I have my family, I teach. And now I write - something I never considered in my plans. And it's wonderful!
So I say, Don't give up on your dreams. If you persevere, they will find you when you're ready. And you might find unexpected happiness disguised as devastation along the way.
Maze of Life
Take the challenge
"Start here," it says
And off you go
So many ways
Dead ends loom
Round and round
Losing your pace
Easier to give up
Throw in the towel
Hang up your hat
Bury your trowel
You never know
Joys that await
Just around the corner
Could be your sought fate
And here are the events this week:
Plus some new news you might be interested in
Allison and Jamie are having a fun hop - the Level Up Blogfest on Feb 20 - what's your game?
On sweet Valentine's Day, Madeline will have a story published in Every Day Fiction!
I know Nick is going to get a great response for his anthology - looking forward to some encouraging stories!
And hope everyone had fun watching the super bowl (commercials - which was your favorite? OREO!!!)