Don't just leave. Do you know how hard it is to get back into teaching? -teacher friend upon hearing news of our planned travels. Ugh. (See anxious face from chart above)
I'm pumped for our trip, but there are times here and there that I question what we are doing. Usually when someone does this:
risk = bad, don't do it.
I know there is a chance that I won't come back and be able to find a teaching position. But, there is also a chance that I won't want to. Or that I will find one better than the one I have now. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. This trip is the first significant change I've had since moving to New York. I've been teaching for five years and most other changes (grad school, moves, additional jobs) were those made for the sake of security. It is scary to do something that is for the sake of anything else. For adventure. For discovering. For learning. (See happy face from above chart)
The feeling called HOLY SHIT THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING (not listed on any feelings chart I've seen) has two faces- the kind of nervous face and the jump for joy face. What helps ease the nerves is a good solid evening of planning. And looking at pictures on the internet. Zach and I have been talking about the trip for going on a year and over the last year, people have forwarded many tid bits, emails, contacts and websites about traveling and New Zealand. Last weekend, we finally took some time to sort through some of the information and started getting a handle on the to do list. (See confident face from above chart)
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Pretty awesome illustration!