It’s Tuesday and that means time for a slice. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for providing a gathering space for us.
My OLW for 2016 has been FOCUS. And yesterday, I found the word popping up in a conversation about life transitions. As in that I am in my “junior” year of teaching and next year will be my “senior” year. (AKA I will retire in 2018). I have a hard time saying the “R” word. It’s much easier to see myself as graduating from teaching.
A friend asked me the first day of school, “How many first days of school have you had?” I laughed, “Fifty-nine and if you count nursery school (preschool in the olden days), sixty-one years.” Holey Moley…wow, just wow. A lot of years in school!
So one way I use the word focus is to consider things I will do after I graduate. I am a writer and a photographer, I will have more time for these endeavors.
I love this quote from Mary Oliver, from her poem, This Summer Day:
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
I think about the Tualatin Wildlife Refuge in need of volunteers. And I plan to sub at my school and only my school. I want to travel when it’s not summer vacation.
Sometimes I wonder if it’s silly to think about this. I mean it’s two years away. But sometimes, like on Sunday, I felt it in my heart area, this sadness around changes at school in which I had a good cry. It helps this is part of the journey I am on at this time.
Soon, I plan to launch a new Facebook Page that will be me as writer and possibly photographer (still in the thinking stage). Another step along the path. Another way for me to focus.