On to today's NaBloPoMo prompt.
Friday, May 27, 2011
What was the last song you listened to?
Does the McDonald's jingle count as a song? No? Ok, well then I don't remember the exact song, but it was something on my Santana CD that I was listening to on my drive home.
Have I mentioned that I have a LONG weekend coming? I'm so happy to be away from the Hell-Hole for 3 glorious days!
I'm at the point where I'm about 95% certain that I will not be returning to the Hell-Hole in August. At this point, I don't care if I don't find another job, I just can't go back. I know I've been keeping mum about a LOT of stuff that's been going on in the Casa de ChiTown lately, but this is NOT a decision that I've arrived at lightly. On my first day of spring break, I had an appointment with a financial adviser (isn't that 'advisor'? Spellcheck changed it, but it doesn't look right. God, I'm such a teacher!), who is also a great friend of mine, to discuss my financial situation. He helped me see that I have more options than I previously thought, and I left there feeling like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Not that this is one of my top 5 choices, or even top 10, but if it came down to it, I know I could not work and live off my savings for well over a year. Sure, I'd blow through most of my savings, but it can be done. I won't lose my house, I could keep food on the table, etc. It also took me well over a decade to accumulate what little I've saved, so like I said, NOT my first choice. But, it's nice to know it's an option. I don't feel as trapped as I did before.
I've been to a couple of graduations already this year, and listening to these kids talk about their future has made me re-examine mine. The valedictorian who spoke at Bestest Friend's son's graduation seriously got me going with his speech. He was encouraging his classmates to go for it, and do what they're passionate about, and to never let go of their dreams, etc. I sat there thinking, "You know what, this kid is so right. I need to be doing what my passion is, and killing myself at the Hell-Hole just ain't it!"
Everyday I grow more comfortable with my decision to just leave the Hell-Hole. This doesn't necessarily mean I'm leaving teaching, however, that, too, is an option. I think that's all I want to say about this subject for now, lest I jinx myself with the universe. Just to be safe, maybe all my Bloggy Buddies could send some positive energy my way. :)