A breast cancer diagnosis on September 6, 2011 changed my current substantially. I’m beyond the five-year mark of completing treatments and am learning to trust in the flow of life. I’m emerging into the busy life most people live, but I’m hoping I can take with me what I learned through the cancer treatments.
Most recently I took on the role of middle school teacher. I’m quite sure I said I’d never teach middle school. But, sure enough, I found myself in the middle school classroom teaching a careers class. You can teach an old dog new tricks!
That teaching stint was too exhausting for me to continue,though, so it’s back into the current, looking for my next role.
I grew up in southeastern Georgia (USA) outside Savannah and earned an English degree at Georgia College in Milledgeville and a law degree at the University of Georgia in Athens. A law job brought me to the mountains of Northwest Georgia just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee 30+ years ago.
When I discovered that law was not my love, I found a job teaching high school English – which was my love. I did that for 23 years. Sharing my love of literature with teenagers was great fun for about 20 years, but I gradually felt my passion waning . . . so I left teaching.
The time since then has been a flow of looking for my next career current. I’ve had some excursions into business and other areas with that most recent semester in the middle school classroom as a careers teacher.
I haven’t found my next current and passion . . . yet.
So I’m trying to pay attention to see where I’m being led.
I began a daily Centering Prayer practice in January 2000. That daily practice has been the most transformative activity of my entire life and has been a constant though my eddies and currents.
I love to travel, but I hate to fly, so I drive as often as I can on my trips. I especially like driving out to the American West. I very much enjoy taking photos. The photos here on this blog are mine (unless otherwise indicated).
No matter where I travel, it’s always good to get back home to these Northwest Georgia mountains. Plus I often visit my childhood home area of Effingham County and Savannah to be with the azaleas and Spanish moss and live oak trees.
As for my future, is a current or an eddy next in my life?
I don’t know. I’m learning to trust the flow and to be comfortable with what is.
Eddy and current.