The first day of my new career.
My first weekend as an ex-teacher when I realized
I didn’t have to write any lesson plans for the following Monday.
What it felt like talking to people who were still teachers
after I had decided to leave teaching.
What I am usually thinking when people tell me they love teaching
(though to be fair I now understand that it really is a dream job for some!)
The first work holiday you get when schools are in session.
How the real world looks when you finally get a new job.
You are re-learning EVERYTHING!
What former coworkers are really thinking on your last day.
The many new emotions on feeling like a failure, a success,
an abuse victim, and a master of the universe all at the same time.
The perfect metaphor for haunting dreams of the classroom.
The first few social interactions after making such a huge transition
and no longer feeling like myself.
Finding old lesson plans, worksheets, and student photos on my computer
weeks, months, and years after leaving teaching:
What it feels like to know you can live a normal life and still give back to teaching!
(Kind of like you’re in on a big secret!).