Back in the Saddle Again

6 Jan

It’s been over 10 years since I have stood in front of a classroom and tonight I returned to something I dearly love to do. I hadn’t realized how much I missed teaching.

When I started down this path to The Villages, I had no idea where I was headed. And, my adventure didn’t start a few weeks ago with the advent of this blog. In October of 2005, my corporate job went to India. Like Dorothy who was fighting off flying monkeys with the other cast of characters, and learning to walk in the ruby red slippers (and run in them too!), I’ve been fighting and learning (and running) for the past 3, now going on 4, years.

I don’t plan on boring anyone with the details of the past 3 years, suffice it to say, flying monkeys probably would have been a welcomed relief more times than not. But, the past 6 weeks have been brighter, now that I know what I want, and I am taking steps to get there.

When I started visualizing my future 10-12 days ago, I didn’t know what might happen. And, although I have toyed with the idea of teaching again, I didn’t expect (and that my friend, was apparently the problem all along!) to even find a job.

I’m not sure if I have been over-qualified, or under-groomed (I don’t wear makeup and I don’t buy designer clothing), because it’s been one rejection after another for 18 months, and it just didn’t seem like I was destined to find something rewarding and gainful.

When I saw the ad for this opportunity, I KNEW it was waiting for me. It had my name written all over it. Introduction to Computer Science Concepts is timeless and thankfully, no concern or worries about a potential, “out of date”, stamp to slap across my resume.

Prior to the last 3 years, during which I have admittedly lost some of my polish and shine, I was an over-achiever. I was a top performer and I often gave 110% to my employer. The sad truth is that I am usually a mess during an interview. This time, however, I was so confident of the course material, and, I had nothing to lose (I’m somewhat used to REJECTION now). I didn’t really shine in this particular interview either, but thankfully, I was given the job in spite of the doubts of the hiring manager.

I say thankfully, because I left the classroom tonight exhilarated. I’m where I belong. Even touching the class textbook for the FIRST time only twenty minutes before the beginning of class didn’t rattle me. I know this material. And, I loved every minute standing at the front of the class.

I’m somewhat rusty, yes. But, I’m committed. And, I’m back in the saddle again. Flying monkeys be gone!!! I might just go shopping for some ruby red slippers!

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