I love teaching. I love the feeling that I have when I see a student become excited about something they have learned. I love watching students hang on every word as I read them a story. I love helping to build capacity in our children.
But I have to be honest. Going back to work this fall, was culture shock. For the very first time I could start to envision myself doing something else. According to our household budget forecasts, however, this is unlikely to ever be a realistic possibility…so for now, I dream.
I dream of all that I would do if I was not working…..dreams that are not fanciful, or decadent, or real housewife-y. Real dreams, of real things. Reasons to stop working that would be good for everyone. Things that would make me happy. Things that would challenge my brain. Things that would be good for me and my family. And so, almost like a bucket list for that far off dream of working life…. I have a list. My list of non working dreams.
10 things I would do if I didn’t have to work.
Feed my daughter a real meal for breakfast. A non rushing out the door breakfast before taking her to the bus stop.
Workout every morning. Whether it was a run, a bike ride, a P90x routine, or a Just Dance 2 workout on the Wii, I would take that me time each day.
Volunteer at school. I would help out in Principessa’s class or with PTA events, I would eat lunch with Principessa in the cafeteria. I would be present in her school life.
Write, write, and write some more. Writing could be something I did during the light of day instead of the dark of night, which would in turn mean spending more time paying attention to Rocket (or watching my tv shows).
Wear my big girl social media shoes and try to make a go of this whole thing on the
big screen small, laptop screen.
Do laundry regularly. Might is much more than my current laundry tendencies. Enough said.
My passport would be put to better use. I’d be able to organize the occasional trip with Rocket during a non peak season period. And if I learned nothing else from my parents, we could take Principessa on trips to far off lands where she could learn real world things.
Organize the entrance hallway closet. The one that I was supposed to organize this summer (oops). The one that makes Rocket cringe.
Grocery shop in peace and quiet. No Rocket. No Principessa. No Sunday crowds.
Meet friends for lunch or coffee. I have always wondered what it felt like to actually SEE my in real life friends, IN REAL LIFE instead of on Facebook.
And since I am trying to convince Rocket of the wisdom of this dream, I will leave off the dreams of regular spa visits.
What about you? What would you do if you were not working? Or Parenting?