Miss Bennett in the Bay

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Apr 22 2010

The End

I’m done. I can’t do this anymore.

After months of soul-searching and thinking about the future, I’ve decided that teaching simply isn’t the profession I’m meant to have. I’ve worked excessively hard over the past three years, and to be honest, I’m exhausted. This isn’t fun. It doesn’t make me happy. To get anywhere you have to work all the time, and that’s no longer a sacrifice I’m willing to make.

So this is it. The end of my stint as a teacher. I’m exploring my options beyond the classroom and as soon as I know what I’m doing, you bet it’ll be here.

I’ve decided I’m going to keep blogging about my life. Maybe it won’t be as interesting as my life as Ms. Bennett, but it’s high time I gave precedence to my life as Chris. I’ve started reading a book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I’m only about 25 pages in, but so far it really speaks to me. I think I’m going to start my own happiness project, seeing as how at the moment I am extremely unhappy in this job.

The Bay Area is a glorious place to live, and I’m going to actually start living here! Goodbye, drudgery, hello enlightenment!

4 Responses

  1. Kim C.

    The first time I read your blog was the day you posted this. I wanted to comment then, but didn’t know what to say to a stranger. I want to say, “Don’t give up,” but here I am in my 10th year at a Title I school and I still identify with so much of what you wrote. Still exhausted, still often not fun, still work way too much and sacrifice my happiness and time with my husband and four-year-old for other people’s children. So I guess it’s good you’ve figured it out early on. I hope that your decision brings joy and balance back to your life. Man, why does it have to be so hard? I think I’ll check out that book.

  2. To get anywhere you have to work all the time

    This is not necessarily true. It may be that the drudgery comes from the environment in which you work rather than the job itself.

  3. To Clix I must say, well, sure….teaching in an inner city school has taken so much from me. I keep giving and giving, expecting for great things to happen and for the situations from which my students come to change, but alas, they do not. It takes more energy than I can continue to muster. After 21 years, it’s time to go do something else. Miss Bennett, I’m moving to SF; maybe we can start our new adventures near one another.

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