It took me decades to qualify for my professional passion – teaching. More specifically, teaching Interpersonal Communication. I’ve always been fascinated by questions like: What makes us communicate? How effectively do we really communicate? Why do we prefer to communicate differently, with different people? What happens during dialogue? Can we learn to become better listeners?
After my fiftieth birthday, I received my MS in this field, accepting a diploma as one of a growing percentage of non-traditional students. I fully expected the Universe would throw open its doors, tempt me with unbelievable job offers, for which I was eminently qualified. Finally, the secret of having a job that wasn’t a job would be revealed to me.
The Universe was apparently working from a different script. Instead of teaching, I was offered a fundraising position at a small community college. While raising funds for student scholarships and supplemental programs was a gratifying mission, full-time teaching in my field was what I really craved. While I worked with a number of wonderfully supportive people, it wasn’t until I became an adjunct instructor that I felt fulfilled.
In semi-retirement now, the journey continues as all life journeys do until we’re pushing up those proverbial daisies. The learning part of teaching remains my favorite reason to interact with others. As a cattleman’s wife, living in southwest Louisiana, I have embraced a simpler lifestyle. I am constantly learning new ways to incorporate my twin personal passions, reading and writing, into unique teaching opportunities. My children, grandchildren, students, family and friends are constantly challenging me to seek new paths upon which to trod. Daily, I have to remake my commitment to awareness, to listening.
I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grand-mother. Family is a priority, with community a close second, especially when one works primarily from home. Nothing nourishes me as much as my solitude, while paradoxically, I am nourished as well when visiting with others and listening to diverse perspectives. Walking the land, watching our animals and embracing the lessons of aging well all contribute to a lifestyle I joyfully embrace.
So now blogging…a new path. Where will this road lead?