I often wonder how many hours of my life I've spent waiting. From mundane tasks such as grocery store lines to those momentous occasions of waiting for the "will you marry me Jenni" line. I imagine the hours spent waiting are enough to fill a lot of empty trash bags. By nature I am a go-getter. I go 100 miles an hour all day everyday. I am focused, goal oriented and to a fault sometimes blinded by my ambition. Something changed the course of my life 2 years ago though. Brought my life as I knew it and was planning it to a screeching halt quite honestly. Because although I thought I could do it all, I quickly found out I could not.
So what am I rambling on and on about? Well here it is. 2 years ago I came on board to be the art teacher here at Mailey's school. We moved, this art job opened up, and I took it without hesitation to keep here her at this school. A 2 year plan. The 2 years is up. In 13 days. So the question is, do I stay with this life or do I get back on track for the life I was planning and driving towards? The life as a full-time thriving artist. I have so many goals as an artist I want to accomplish. So the question is, do I wait for incredible or do I make it happen? The school has no idea this was ever my intention. And quite honestly I love the job. I do. The faculty, the kids the parents....it's dreamy. I can not imagine life without this job.
And then today this happened. Earlier in the year I spent serious time and energy writing up development hours so I could get my art education certificate renewed. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an add on of Art Education k-12. Unfortunately I'd let my certificate expire over the years not teaching full-time. My principal signed off on it all, the county signed off and away my paper work went to the state board. I was waiting for my shiny new certificate to come in the mail any day now. And then a very formal letter came today. These are the gut punching words in it: "The documents submitted are not acceptable to renew your certificate." Breath in....breath out....breath in...breath out.
Ironically enough I mentioned to Billy last night that I was really having second thoughts about teaching anymore. I felt I was giving up on my being an artist. I told him I thought my being sick was due to my always being in overdrive trying to "do it all, all the time". Being the best teacher and still attempting to be an artist was literally making me sick. You see, in my head if the certificate had come through, and miraculously I'd gotten a certified teaching position that paid full salary (I am paid $10 hour BTW for 30 hours a week....I know.) then my destiny would have been chosen for me. I would have been where I was supposed to be. I'd be happy. Content. The waiting would be over and incredible would start. But this slap in the face is like again I have to wait on the incredible to happen. And quite frankly. I don't like waiting. For anything. Especially when I can control this. Especially when I know what being a full-time thriving artist feels like. Of course I'll always teach....afterschool, adults, retreats...but maybe this all day everyday teaching is not where I am meant to be right now. Is this what I was waiting for? Is this incredible? Lots to think about. Right now I am pretty angry. And tired. I just finished medicine for a 5th bladder infection since February 22nd. Yes. 5 in 11 weeks. That's enough to make a person shut down. So some of what I am feeling right now could be the fighting off cooties battle, adjusting to a gluten-free diet (had celiac testing done in the middle of all this and am genetically built for celiac, but bloodwork says fine. whatever. urgh) And anxiously getting ready for a huge art show this weekend. Which its supposed to storm on Saturday for. Great.
Thanks for reading and listening. I want you to know I too struggle with my decisions in life daily. That nothing goes by me without some sort of processing the end affects on my health, my family and my end goals. Right now I just feel like some signs were given to me plain as day. I have always been a firm believer that people enter our lives and circumstances happen not by happenstance, but rather by grace. Now I must decide how to embrace this grace and which direction I shall move. For now, I'm going to get my classroom ready for 18 sweet after school art students to arrive.