A Slice of Life

What’s Next?

My Own Slice of Life on What’s Next

My whole life I have been so consumed with what’s next. As a student, I couldn’t wait to start my career and life after school. As a wife, I couldn’t wait to start having children with my husband. As a teacher, I’m always looking to take that next step to further my career. I’m always thinking about what is next.

What if I could go back and change things? I know for sure that I would slow down. As a student, I think I would take full advantage of all of the perks of living at home and paying very few bills. I think I would save more money and be smarter with my money. I wouldn’t spend my time planning for life outside of my parent’s house. I didn’t realize how great I had it.

If I could go back and change things I know I would change the way I acted in the first few years of my marriage. Once my husband and I decided that we were ready to start a family, I became very focused on starting a family. We had some trouble getting started and wound up seeing specialists and spending lots of time at the doctor’s office. I also spent lots of time worrying that it would never happen. If I could go back, I would take the time to be with my husband and enjoy every minute of our alone time. Since we have had children, our alone time has pretty much disappeared. I miss our dates and movie nights and quiet dinners and respectful, thoughtful conversations. If I could go back, I would slow down and enjoy my time with him and be more patient with the process of starting our family.

Right now, at this point in my life, I am a mom of young children and a teacher at an elementary school. I’ve taken graduate courses to prepare me to take the next step in my career. I think I need to slow down and enjoy being a mom of two little kids and enjoy my time in the classroom. Being a mom and a teacher have been dreams of mine since I was a young girl and both have come true. I think I’m going to focus on enjoying all that I have and let the next step come gradually. I think I’m going to take the time to enjoy my students and watch them learn and grow and I think I’m going to take the time to enjoy my babies and watch them learn and grow.

What’s next for me? I’m not really sure where life will lead me. I know that I will approach what’s next with my gorgeous husband and adorable children at my side. I know that I will take all of my experiences as a classroom teacher with me when it is time to take the next step in my career. I know that I will approach what’s next with patience. I know I’m going to start focusing on what’s happening now.

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Comments on: "What’s Next?" (5)

  1. Very thoughtful, if you could have only written this and shared it with me ten years ago! We are acculturated, I think, to rush on to the next event in life, and I find it challenging to slow down. Good luck and good for you! The young children gig goes by so fast. Definitely enjoy it.

  2. mrssurridge said:

    Loved your post. We so often look forward instead of stopping to appreciate what we have right now. It really is a blessing to stand on the sidelines and watch my students learning and growing…and so often I’m too focused on preparing for whatever comes next and I miss it. It’s not good to miss blessings. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. I think we all need to slow down and enoy what we are blessed with. Recognizing our tendency to speed thorugh life is the fiirst step in changing our behavior. A very reflective piece. I hope you are able to enjoy your joys while also planning for more adventures with balance.

  4. Man, I’ll bet this hits home with so many people, Jill! I think we all wish we would have enjoyed different points in our lives as we look back. Good advice.

  5. Jill, I completely agree with you. In fact that is one of my goals. Living a more simple life. Living in the now and focusing on what’s important. Reflective and true…wonderful piece!

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