It was no question that once I graduated high school and went to college that I majored in education. Truth be told though, sometimes you just have to take life as it is handed to you. My college path was a slow one, and once I had Angel it only got slower. After having Abigail finishing a four year college degree became nothing more than a dream.
It was really hard to run into people I went to high school with telling me they'd been teaching for 5, 6 or even 10 years and here I am with nothing more than an associates degree. I use to let that get to me, until I started looking at life a little different.
The thing is I have my whole life ahead of me to be a teacher. I know it would be a little more ideal right now, but it's just not a possibility right now. Instead of dwelling on that while I was staying at home I made it a goal to be the best work/stay at home mom I could be. It seemed like just as soon as I'd gotten the hang of being a great work/stay at home mom we needed a more steady income and I had to go back to work.
I work in a grocery store bakery. My official title is cake decorator, but due to recent events I haven't been able to decorate as much lately. Instead I've been filling in anywhere we might be short handed. The other day while I was singing and dancing all alone in the back freezer of our bakery I started to think about how five years ago I wouldn't have enjoyed freezing all alone in that room trying to organize our supplies. Five years ago I would have complained and possibly even cried the whole time reminding myself that this is NOT what I want to be when I grow up!
The difference is I've since learned that no matter how old I am as long as I still have life in me there is STILL TIME for me to be what I want to be when I grow up. I'm still going to be a teacher one day. The cool part is that meanwhile, I've learned that I'm a great writer. I'm a great illustrator. I'm a great artist. I'm a great mom. I'm a great cake decorator and good bread baker (still working on making that great!). I am not only good at all these things, but I love them! I love singing and dancing in that back freezer because it's all part of who I am. It's part of what makes me ME.
If you can't do what you love... Love what you do...