May 29th, birthday gratitude entry:
Does Life ever go quite as we imagine it? Oh, the best laid plans of mice and men.
Not that this has to be a bad thing. It’s just a thing thing. It’s just a reality. Life seldom unpacks in the manner in which we plan. And so it is.
I enrolled in SUNY Fredonia with the high hopes of graduating as a Certified High School English teacher. Ah, Life. Life had other ideas for me. Having met Kindness-in-skin (aka my heart-throb Steven), we married and started a family right away.
… delay graduation until seven years after I started. By the time I dotted the last i and crossed the last t, some of my classes were no longer valid unto teaching. I would have to return to school for the updated versions and then enroll for my Masters. All this while yet pregnant a third time.
I began teaching little group exercise classes… opened up my own studio… but as my – now five – children all became of school age, Life guided me to close the fitness end of my mission for awhile and focus on — teaching. Who knew?
Central Christian Academy and the wonderful and amazing Stephanie Pollok became part of my vibe for the next few years. I was blessed beyond words, just so thankful for her wisdom and the opportunity to be among such a Love vibe. Yum-my.
I was hired to teach the upper grades but when the doors opened on that first day, I found myself surprised to be in the charge of kindergarteners. Over the following few years, I would spend my days among children ages 3 and 4 all the way up to 9 and 10.
Best. Job. Ever.
I loved every single second. Even the cry-on-my-lunch-break days. Yep, even those. Teaching was such an adventure! Every day was completely different from the ones before! And every school year brought its own personalities, so there was never a dull moment. Ah, Life knew exactly what I needed to grow, to evolve, to dig into this living-thing, and to make proper use of my time and talents.
Good. Memories. Galore.
Eventually, Life twisted and turned its way around here and there and I found myself leaving CCA and resuming the fitness end of my mission. It’s all good, but my heart continues to ache just a bit for missing the school, the children, and my colleagues. Such a privilege to work among quite talented, creative, and loving souls and I must admit that there are days, moments, in which I wonder if I should have stayed.
Two roads diverged in a wood…
And yet, Life has unpacked so much in my fitness world. And for this, I am ever so thankful. I’ve continued to grow, evolve, learn, heal…. Oh, the souls I’ve met along this road! Yay, me!
And so, today I give grateful tribute — this song’s lyrics are perfect!!! — to CCA and the lovely souls – both teachers and children and their parents – with whom I was blessed to swim around in the Deep End for awhile. My life was changed because of you. Amen.
Y’all, I love you.
You. Complete. Me.
Much love & hope,