Most Significant Moments of My Life
#1- The moment I decided to resign from teaching was a HUGE moment in my life. With the support of your mom and actually the prodding and encouragement, I decided to leave my full-time teaching position in the fall of 2012.
I was scared to death. I can honestly say it was the toughest decision of my life.
Not because of the lack of security and a guaranteed pay check, but rather because of leaving behind the family that I had created at Milltown Elementary school.
I had become quite close with the students and their families as well as all the other faculty.
It was easily a job I could have been happy with for the rest of my life.
I knew the day was coming that I would have to leave.
I always taught that we must go for our dreams, at least dare to go for them. My worst fear was that I never went for my dreams and then told you boys one day to go for you dreams and you looked at me and said, ‘Why should I listen to you dad? You never went for your dreams.’
I wasn’t going to allow that to happen.
When the third-grade students came up to me and told me they had started a petition to get me to stay, I explained to them that the decision was final and that the district had already found a replacement.
It wasn’t clicking for them, so I said, ‘Guys, what is the #1 thing I always taught you?’
The three kids looked at each other and said, ‘To go for our dreams.’
Exactly! So, this was the best lesson I could ever actually teach them.
The pain of disconnect will often be the worst pain you can feel in your life when you are dealing with relationships. The brain is hardwired for connection, it keeps us bonded. Breaking that bond is painful.
I was able to deal with the fear of leaving and was quickly able to determine that the fear of safety was an illusion. If things didn’t work out, I would find some way to make ends meet. I wouldn’t just sit in the corner and starve to death.
Remember this boys, all relationships in your life will one day come to an end. Some, rather abruptly and some will take their natural course. Once you realize this, you will cherish each relationship to its fullest.