Some thoughts have been rolling around the past few days about the next step. I've mentioned in a previous post the need for something else regarding my career. I have this creative side that is trying to come out in everything I do, but so much of it is watered down because of the nature of teaching. I have engaged in cooking with purpose and I have developed such a passion for it. I am continuing my photography ambitions. I find the need to write about my experiences. All of these artisitic elements do not shine through what I spend most of my time doing: work.
In other words, I need to find something that allows me to spend most of my time doing what I love and enjoy the most. Last night my roommate and I were talking about one of our amazing art teachers. After the conversation, I had this lingering idea that perhaps I could be an art teacher. I am not saying this can happen instantly because I know that I need some training, but I got excited about the possibility. According to the certification system, I am qualified to teach K-8 art, but I don't know if there are anymore requirements.
I remember how much art made a difference for me when I was in school. In 7th and 8th grade it seemed like the class that allowed me to unwind a bit and see what I could create. It also helped that the teacher for that class was one of the best I had ever had. I think about the classes I enjoyed most in school and they were all related to the arts in some form. Humanities, photography, sewing, they all encouraged creativity. I even think about how much I enjoyed my art education methods class in college. I was able to teach content through a creative format. Imagine that happening in the classroom... My traveling experiences also play a big role in this love. When I travel, one of the first things on my list of sights to see is art. I love sculptures, gardens, paintings, architecture, and many other types of art. I think it says something that my favorite place I visited last summer was the home of an artist (Monet).
I don't know how much work this entails, but I think that it could be a better path for me. There are logistical concerns, but if it is something that I explore a little more and realize that it is something I want to do, then I think the challenges will be worth it. I can't help but imagine the possibilities of finding something I truly love and enhancing several areas of my life, especially my photography. I guess it is time to let the research begin.