I finally graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. degree in Physical/Health Education. It took me about 4.5 years to graduate from college due to my lack of concentration mentioned in the previous blog. It was time for me to find a job in the field I love, because that’s the American Dream, right?
I found a job teaching back in my hometown, and moved back in with my parents, planning to buy a house with the money I saved. My parents were happy that I was back in my hometown. I had it all planned out and was ready to start my life….or so I thought.
Starting my career of molding young minds, I was super excited to help students become the best version of themselves. I wasn’t the naive type that believed I could help every soul, but I do believe I have a great connecting skills and can help people bring out the best in themselves. I slowly started to realize, though, there were a few issues with what society and the education system teaches you.
The Problem with the “Go to School, Get Good Grades, Get a Good Job” Plan
So, what were the problems? I realized that most of the experienced teachers were counting down the years to retirement and looked tired. Some of the teachers who just started in their careers (5 years or less) had second, part-time jobs to make ends meet or to have money to actually go on vacation. I realized that no matter how much money I saved, I wasn’t saving enough to buy a home on my yearly salary.
Kids today are taught to sit still and concentrate for long periods of time, and to not be creative. They need to memorize useless information for the sake of a standardized test. They’re taught that failure is bad and should be avoided, and that everyone wins.
Then we wonder why they aren’t making it, are confused, angry, depressed, and have poor self-images.
The issue is that failure needs to happen, so that you can learn from it, re-adjust, re-apply. This is how success is born, the two go hand-in-hand. We all need to take responsibility for our own choices and actions.
I know all of you can agree with me on this. We are taught to go to school, get good grades, get a good job, save, and hopefully someday you can retire. The problem is that retirement isn’t working anymore – just look around. We have more elderly people continue to work well past age 65 because they can’t afford to retire.
Overcoming Fear to Make a Change
I decided about a year into teaching I was going to quit and move to another career. I chose Chiropractic, and started courses to get me eligible for Palmer College of Chiropractic-Florida. After my third year teaching, I was finally able to quit and told my parents (whose house I never got a chance to move out of) I was leaving for Florida. I was scared and full of doubt, but life is about overcoming your fears and doubts. This is where growth happens.
I believe God put us here for more. If you’re not where you want to be, then it’s your responsibility to change it. What are you doing with your time? Who are you surrounding yourself with? What habits do you want to change?
We have to keep our ears and hearts open to new opportunities and find out more information. If this resonated with you in any way, then reach out, I would love to hear from you. If you disagree, that’s okay too, I would love to hear your opinion. We can still have respect and be civil with one another regardless of view differences. I hope this opened your eyes.