The fastest way to get from point A to B isn't clear. A straight line would be ideal, but often opsticals arise that force you to deviate and reevaluate.
When you get caught up in the thicket of thorns and snares that life throws at you, sometimes you simply cant keep pressing forward. Sometimes, it's okay to take a couple steps back, spot your goal again, and choose a new path.
I myself have spent the past 4 years in a dying town. I have stuck around, trying to make thjngs work, but I have finally swallowed the hard pill that this place just isn't for me. The population is decreasing, commerce is leaving the area, and people are generally unhappy.
More over, the job market is horrible. Places just keep closing down! My pay in various part time jobs has gone from 22, to 18 to 12 an hour in upstate NY. That's not what a career is supposed to do! This has been my bramble bush.
Now, I am taking a step back. This path won't work... So, I am leaving. I have 2000 dollars in my bank account and no job lined up. I will be crashing at my Aunt's home in Orlando and trying to get a position there that pays a living wage while I work on getting a teaching certification. I know subjects like English, Math and Science are all lacking teachers, and I happen to have a master's degree.
My goal is clear. I have a vauge idea of how to get there, and most importantly I know I won't get there via that particular thorny path.
And so, here is my three step plan.
1. Get out of the thorns.
I leave tomorrow morning! I have a few job interviews lined up in Orlando for when I arrive- and hopefully I can land one to sustain me while I move forward.
2. Clean The Cuts
Thorns leave a lot of small cuts, and if you are not caredul they can get infected. My self esteem has hit rock bottom, my physocal and mental health are pretty low on the totem pole too. So I will take some time to recover. My family isn't a cute all, but they will serve as a bandaid to cover me while I heal. It won't be done over night, it will be a process. But through positive self talk, healthier habbits, good weather and good family, it won't takw forever either.
3. Start Down the New Path
I have three roads ahead of me, aside from the thorny 4th that I have decided is best left alone. I could swap careers, sign up with TFA(or Americorps) as a volunteer, take classes to get my certification, or try to get my certification on my own and land a job in a charter school in the meanwhile. Granted, these are my roads-- and everyone will have different options-- but it's important to identify them and choose one. In my case, I can start down two or three at once and see where the path devides, and choose a little later down the line. I can start the application process for TFA while looking for a job at a charter school, or enrolling jn classes and working in a different field in the mean while.
Whatever path I choose doesn't matter. As long as I am moving down ine I am moving forward.