I’m at a point in my career where I’m looking at my next act, figuring out what I might be able to do after a teaching career. I’m not the retiring type, I don’t think. So I’m looking at options.
And what makes me the most nervous, more than learning a new skill or moving to a new place, is working with people who aren’t good, working with people I can’t call my friends.
That’s not the case where I currently work. I have a great lunch crew that empathizes and makes me laugh and think. I have other friends scattered across the building, and even the school district, upon whom I could call if I ever needed their particular area of expertise.
Lately, I’ve been feeling like pretty much everything I do has an expiration date. Maybe this is my mid-life crisis. But I don’t ever want to take for granted that for a few glorious years, I worked with some really amazing people who made me better, and who made my life better.