Life keeps moving forward. Right now, I’m just sitting back and allowing life to fall into place. As of June 1, I am a retired public school teacher. I tried retiring early a couple of years ago and a ton of chaos occurred…it simply wasn’t the right time. As I look back on the two years that took place after trying to force retirement, I understand now that I simply had some people to meet up with. Those people made me a better person and I think I left a bit of myself with them as well. Retirement this time around is much calmer and is the right time in so many ways.
A teacher is never really retired. Teaching continues. Yesterday, I received a message while I was at the lumber yard. It was hotter than blazes, but I stood in the brick section and face-timed with a student that I had my first year of teaching. I hear from her occasionally, but not usually through the face-time way of communicating. She was walking through a crossroad of life and reached out to talk about it with me. As we talked, she reflected on how things in her life seem to be coming back around to the same place, no matter where she went, no matter with whom she was with.
Two other similar conversations took place over the last few weeks with two other former students. One from my 5th year of teaching and the other from my 10th year of teaching. All three of these young ladies faced trauma in three totally different ways in their childhoods. All three are extremely strong willed and determined young women trying to figure life out. They each are raising babies of their own now.
As I think about the commonalities and the differences in these three young ladies lives, I realize the common thread among them is myself. I was placed into their lives in their upper elementary school years. The traumas each of them faced, were not easy situations to go through at the 4th or 6th grade level. I remember just loving them through it all, that’s all I knew to do.
Interestingly enough, these three and the recent contact I’ve had with them are feeding into my latest journey of “what’s next” in my life. I’ve got a pulling on my heart, been happening for a while now, to put together a plan to help young mothers and older women facing financial and emotional challenges in their life. I have placed chart paper on my kitchen wall with the sketching of some sort of plan and interestingly enough, those three girls’ names were on the chart before they even contacted me over the last few weeks. The plan is unfolding more and more each day that goes by.
The conversation in the middle of the bricks yesterday, led to a question “Is it just a coincidence that I keep coming back to this one place?” My response was….”The more I live out my own life, I understand that nothing is a coincidence. Pay attention to those things that keep reappearing, there’s something there that you need to work through. There’s something there that you need to do for yourself or perhaps someone else. Don’t ignore their reoccurrence. ”
That young lady didn’t know it, but she helped to verify the path I’m on today. The compass keeps pointing the way, it’s up to us to keep moving forward in the direction that is laid out for us.
Today, I realize more than ever, that not only does the teaching continue, but the learning as well….nothing is a coincidence.
*** As I started to leave this website, I went to my email….I was reminded that another young student from 2 years ago contacted me back at the first of June. She sent me a random email through my school account to ask how my last school year went. We have passed several emails back and forth. Significant? Coincidence? ….only time will tell. Ha.