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The beginning of the end



Tomorrow is going to be a strange, unsettling day, but it also will be a day full of anticipation for what's next. Monday is the start of the spring semester—and the start of my final semester as a full-time college writing teacher. The end of the semester will mark 15 years of helping students learn.

The thoughts of packing up my office, dealing with students for the final time, and working no more with respected colleagues is a sad one. That is offset, however, by the feeling I am being called elsewhere. I don't know where "elsewhere" is, but I'm reminding myself of what I tell students when they talk to me about their educational and career doubts:

"We are on a car ride. We are not driving the car. We cannot make it go faster or slower, nor can we steer it. We just need to trust the driver."

It's going to be an interesting ride.

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jac206
Jan. 20th, 2016 04:15 pm (UTC)
Interesting take
There is an interesting message here that is seen by many people here. This brings me back to the ever-long question; what matters most the journey or the destination? In my subjective opinion the journey teaches us while the destination is the reward of the journey. This journey that we are all on can either teach us something or we can pass bye without asking and all that matters is the destination. I am curious, what do you think?
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 20th, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Interesting take
The journey. You have to take the right path to reach the right destination.
jac206
Jan. 22nd, 2016 04:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Interesting take
Well then do you believe you haven take the right path?
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 23rd, 2016 01:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Interesting take
I'm happy, so the answer is yes.
jac206
Jan. 25th, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Interesting take
Any Advice on how to find Happiness in life.
I explore my creative interests such as music and writing occasionally but when I am my happiest it's during those sparks of creativity not sure how to fit it into my life at some point or another I like doing my Theater and my music and my writing when I want too and when I do I am truly at peace with myself.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 26th, 2016 01:10 am (UTC)
Re: Interesting take
You've answered your own question.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 21st, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
“Never Regret Anything, Because At One Time It Was Exactly What You Wanted.”
words to live by Holiday
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 21st, 2016 02:53 am (UTC)
I never thought of it that way. Great saying.
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