The first step I am took towards changing my outlook on my professional life was accepting that I was not happy. I felt this way for a long time, teaching for five years in a title one building ruled by a white woman with a savior complex. I knew that the day to day was not what I wanted but I was too caught in this misery to even begin to look for a way out.
After I had enough of this abusive relationship, I chose to flee. We were always told “the grass isn’t always greener” but I found that in a more challenging environment, with appropriate leadership, the grass can be greener. I have been enjoying that grass for a few months now and while it has been a lovely change of pace, I have accepted that I still do not feel fulfilled in my current role.
It took a coach to ask me, point blank, what I want to be doing with my life. I have pondered, explored, and made baby steps towards a more fulfilled life, but never asked, nor able to define just what I want out of this word- or to give back to it.
If the world was your oyster and you could do ANYTHING, what would it be? I sought this question from a professional stance, and have begun my journey down that path. Now I ask myself the same question but for personal purposes.
This is not a question to keep the wheels spinning – there is a lot to be said about seeking joy while feeling contentment with our current circumstances.
For today, I ask you. What do you want to do with your life? Who do you want to impact? What do you hope to change? – Lastly, what is standing in your way?