This time last week I was sitting in the Stadium of Light waiting to graduate. I was listening to a speech about the things that the University of Sunderland has achieved over the past year, thinking about what I had achieved over the past 2 years. Two years of my life had built up to this – this one day, one step in the right direction of where I needed to be. I started this process of wanting to be a teacher when I was about 10. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. It’s one of the few dreams that has stayed with me since childhood.
I gave up on myself a bit in my late teens – I was young and in love, college wasn’t what I had expected, I didn’t have great self discipline, I was a bit lost BUT I was good at my job at the time. That job became my life, but the voice of young me shouting about being a teacher never quite went away. I was good at my job and I did enjoy it – there was progression, I had responsibilities, I was trusted, my opinions mattered – I saw some kind of future; I worked with a brilliant bunch of people who I definitely called friends… there was just something missing. Proper, real, ultimate passion. I liked my job (and more importantly I was GOOD AT IT), but I didn’t have passion for it like I knew I did for teaching. I knew I had to do something about it.
I did. I studied part time and worked full time, to get some kind of childcare qualification to get my job in school. I got my job in school 8 years ago. I always knew though that teaching was the job for me. I needed to get there. People had pushed me to do it but I needed to be ready. Then, two years ago, I was ready (as I ever would be). And the rest is history. Here I am now. A graduate with a place on a teacher training course. One massive step towards my goal. Had you told me two years ago this was where I would be I would’ve told you you were a liar. But I am here.
Hard work is important but working hard is where it’s at. Reaching your dreams and goals is HARD. Standing still is easy. You’ll never get anywhere if you stand still. Keep moving.
If you’ve got a dream, follow it.
If something is missing in your life, find it.
If you want something enough, chase it.
I’ll never claim that it was easy to follow my dreams, because it hasn’t been. Two years of hard work (working full time and studying part time took over my life, it was tough) has brought me here. I’m half way there. I should be proud of where I am. I am. I just see that I have a way to go. I need to remind myself that it’s OK to look back and be proud. I chased my dream and I’ve nearly caught it. It’s not been easy, but it’s been worth it. I need to be proud of how far I’ve come already, not think about what’s left to come.
I am excited and nervous for the future. It’s going to be a ride. I’m sure if you keep reading in the future, you’ll find out all about it.