As my daughter worked her way through a hot yoga class, I sat in the lobby enjoying the silence and then chatting with a yoga teacher. I learned that she is not only from my home state but also has her degree in the same field as do I - and she gave up the degree and everything involved to teach yoga full time.
And for her it is working.
Not only is it working, but she is loving life.
"What is it you always wanted to do?" she asks
The answer is one I have difficult stating because it is orthodox and yet unconventional. I am coming to terms with the idea though and the reality that from the time I was younger, I have wanted to teach.
And yet, the idea of me teaching a classroom full of kids is beyond imagination.
SO often the word teacher immediately brings to mind kids of differing ages screaming and controlling a classroom. It is the vision of the current school systems struggling to keep good teachers and actually figure out how to teach kids under tight budgets and changing ideas as to what is education.
It is the frustration that they experience, teachers that is, as they are forced to teach to tests; watch kids limited due to the current education environment; and given little respect by the governments or the public at large. One need only look at the money allotted to the department of education to see the priority that we, as Americans, place on this institution or making it better.
But teaching is more than that.
It is what we do as parents. It is often what we do as friends or as people. It is what we do on the job if we are so inclined. Teaching is a gift that we give to those around us whether we are teachers or not.
A friend of mine is a natural teacher - which means that he is a great person, friend, and manager. he is not a trained teacher but time spent with him is a lesson on life. He is a leader; a manager; a teacher.
It is not too out of the question for me to sit and think, from the earliest moment I can remember, I wanted to teach. In my relationships, I attempt to teach. The yoga teacher commented on how wonderfully I have taught my daughter.
I am, at heart, a teacher. And perhaps that is a reflection of my desire to give and share as much as it is a product of my being a student?
So, what does all of this mean? And when I figure that out - where do I go from here??