by Erin Elaine
I spent the last year pretty depressed about not finding a real teaching job. With the economy the way it is, I was afraid of having such a long gap in my resume that I might not be able to find a teaching job. I was terrified of the thought of giving up on my dream of teaching due to the need to find a job. A lot of people in the world were probably feeling the exact same way. The unemployment rate is a lot higher than they’re telling us, and the poverty rate has skyrocketed in the last 4 years.
But all of a sudden, out of nowhere, I got this job in Spain, and the clouds parted. You never know when or how that door is going to open. When things start to get better, sometimes they can get wayyyy better all of a sudden. My depression and worries are gone, for now.
I know things can go bad just as quickly. People lose their jobs all the time with zero warning and zero cause. There are people living off their credit cards for months at a time, there are people in their mid-30s moving back in with their parents. There is absolutely no guarantee for any of us, including me. For all I know, the job market could get worse right as I return from Spain. Then where would I be? Maybe I would find a job in Washington, maybe I wouldn’t. None of us know the future.
Which is why I want to make the most of this year. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it could also be lost in a flash, so I’m going to make the most of it every day I’m there.