Getting to there from here? How does one change careers while still paying the bills? This was a true dilemma for me, for there was no trust fund, no rainy day forgotten account, no family to turn to once I quit my job in business.
This is a nice problem to have, and I know that. It reeks of privilege, and I know that. Yet I was a healthy adult with so much energy, and I knew I wanted a different type of life than working in an office. I did not turn to drink, but I turned to sadness. I turned to tension. Those are not healthy.
Since I loved to read and write, I turned to the public library and was amazed to find the library had become a hub of activity. The library was not a quiet place as I remembered it, but a place of reading groups, tutoring, computer training, and so much more–in addition to having quiet places for reading and studying.
I wonder if librarians know they have helped to improve the lives of many? For that is what I saw daily as people looked for jobs, learned a new skill, found positive activities for themselves and their family.
I found the world of book discussion groups, and never looked back. Like-minded reading lovers–what a joy!
And more–the library was looking for literacy tutors and I wanted to become a teacher. Would I dare to take that risk, even while I was so very sad in my everyday world? It almost seemed too difficult to risk change and then have the change not work out.
Would I take the risk and make changes?
More to follow.