Lessons of Life

I wrote a blog more than a year ago about my desire to become a teacher.

I told you guys how excited I was to have discovered that it might be my calling, and that I was going to start the process of getting certified. And I received nothing but well wishes and encouragement.
Well, I’m here to tell you all that I lied. I lied to myself thinking that teaching a government-mandated education would satisfy me. I lied to myself thinking that teachers are only in classrooms. I lied to myself thinking … I wasn’t a teacher already.
I lied to myself because I didn’t know any better at the time. (Blogs really do an excellent job of showing you just how much you’ve grown.)
As some of you may know, I am constantly in a state of learning. I read a lot, I watch plenty of documentaries, and I spend plenty of time in my head. I also interact with like-minded people, who arguably I attract because of my inquisitive energy. When I say like-minded, by the way, I don’t necessarily mean someone who agrees with all of my opinions. I mean someone who’s equally yoked in terms of their passion for seeking higher consciousness, learning more and desiring to see/make a change in the world.
In my quest for higher learning, the real kind not the systematic kind, I realized that traditional “teaching” probably isn’t for me at all. Yes, it’s still an opportunity to direct a generation of people toward mental freedom, but I’m not sure how happy I’d be being forced to basically train children to be employees (slaves). While I’d never deny the importance of the discipline children learn from the school system, I’m not sure that there’s much else I can positively say about what school, at least in Florida, does to benefit a person’s intellect, let alone teach them how to THINK — not just DO.
They say we all learn differently, but that isn’t reflected much by the standardized tests, like FCAT, that we use to measure a child’s intelligence (or otherwise destroy their confidence). It isn’t measured in the conformity of methods that teachers are required to use to get students to simply do what they say, and stop them from asking why they can’t do it another way. It isn’t measured by the fact that most children don’t learn or retain much of anything beyond maybe primary school, other than how to cheat or memorise. (I can’t remember learning anything in high school.) Granted, learning how to cheat & memorise will be useful in your quest to define your intelligence based on a grading scale, but it has never and will never be enough to define your intelligence based on your ability to simply think critically. And as my college professor said “if you still haven’t learned how to cheat without getting caught, then you deserve to be caught”.
Work smart, not hard — right?
Most adults can’t even handle my unconventional thoughts, so the amount of filtering I’d have to do to myself just to ensure I don’t get fired would be far too much of a task that I’m not sure I’m open to taking on. It’s not to say I don’t have a tremendous amount of respect for teachers, because if you do it right you will create a generation of thinkers. (I basically owe most of my thirst for knowledge to my teachers, so it does happen). And I still do think they deserve much more prestige and honour than they get. But I just think my calling is a little bigger and broader than that. (Though the extensive vacation periods are still quite appealing.) I feel like going into teaching was my taking the easy way out.
And I’ve never been one to do things just because they’re easy.

6 thoughts on “Lessons of Life

  1. The handful of teachers I distinctly remember from high school were those who challenged us to think for ourselves. There’s nothing more powerful than an unlocked mind. If you decided to follow the traditional teaching path, you’d surely excel and influence a lot of lives. You know this yourself, which I think played a role in your change of career. That’s one of the beautiful things about life. As you realize more and more of your own potential, it becomes apparent that you can do more. I had a similar feeling before my junior year of college when I felt that being “just a doctor” was selling myself short. I had so many interests and came to the realization that ANYTHING was possible if I put my mind to it. After bouncing around with different careers, I came back full circle. Except this time, I saw myself as “more than a doctor.” There are so many ways to unlock the minds of the next generation, which I’m sure you contemplated several. And like you said, you’re a teacher already – I can personally attest to that. As one of my favorite people of all time (Bruce Lee) said, “A teacher is never a giver of truth. She is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for themselves. A good teacher is merely a catalyst.”

    1. A catalyst. I like that. You’re right, all of the teachers I remember were the ones who pushed me to think. And if I did decide to go that route, I would absolutely have to be one of them. I haven’t gotten to the point of feeling like more than just a writer yet, but I’m getting closer with each passing day – and knowing that someone else felt what I felt and found the answer gives me even more hope that I can do the same.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.


  2. I don’t personally know you, but i’ve been a loyal reader of your blog for years now, so I feel as if I kinda do. haha. So I want to know, what have you decided to pursue instead? Also, you don’t have to limit teaching to just within the U.S…. maybe teach abroad? 🙂

    1. Hey! I love to hear that! Thank you for keeping up with my crazy all of these years lol. And thank you for commenting too! For now I’ve decided to stick to my original career, journalism. My intent has always been to be a travel writer and I’m still very much working toward that. Along the way, though, I’m going to figure out a way to touch people. I’ve definitely thought about teaching abroad too, in fact I was halfway through my peace corps app to do just that when another opportunity fell on my lap. I’ve since put that bit on hold, but not indefinitely. I will surely be a peace corps volunteer one day, and that, I hope, will just be the beginning of my life as a teacher and healer to people all over the world.


  3. I’m way curious to know why you are so fortunate to be able to travel extensively and seemingly live such a free life? No disrespect, you just seem very blessed with everything a conscious educated person would want… is it your writing that is your career that supports your lifestyle? If so, God bless you.. I don’t know too many writers your age, even those of fine talent, that can credit their skill to their success or lack thereof. I’m slightly jealous.. but inspired nonetheless.

    1. 🙂 thank you for your comment. I’m assuming you’re judging based on Instagram, in which case I’ll be cliche and say “don’t believe everything you see”. Not all of my travel pictures are happening at the time I post them — some of them are really old. (Just gave away my secret lol). Still, I suppose I do travel more than the average person, simply because that’s how I choose to spend my time and money. I do have a career in writing, and it’s not the most lucrative as I’m sure you can guess; but it’s definitely a start and will lead me to where I can merge my love for writing and my passion for travel and exploring the Earth into one. For now, I just get it in where I can, like everyone else could if they really wanted to. The race is not just for the swift. 🙂


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