It's been a month since I decided to walk away from teaching. Or better put—walk away from schools and classrooms, but not necessarily teaching, as my internet pal, Bill, said. He has a good point. So did lots of people who have been responding to that post over the last few weeks.
This time has given me some distance and much needed perspective. I'm not going to pretend that things are great—they're not. I'm not well, but I am a little better. I'm starting to see this with less sadness. I'm trying to view it as an opportunity for brighter days. With God's peace and wisdom, I'm slowly accepting that.
Thank you to everyone who reached out with encouragement, kindness, hope, and support. I didn't realize how many people have my back and to what extent they are rooting for me.
It's humbling and terrifying and amazing all at once. From my innermost parts I want to thank everyone who took the time to reach out.
I made a word cloud of all the comments, DMs, replies, and messages I received. Looking at it gives me hope. The bigger the word means the more frequently it appeared in all the responses.
Here are the top words and their frequency:
I'm blown away actually. I wasn't expecting this. I know God often chooses to work through people, so I gues I should have.
I don't know what my next step is right now, but I know I'm going to be around. I have more on my mind than ever. I plan on continuing to write and share.
Thank you all again.