i was planning to use my upcoming vacation to contemplate whether i wanted to leave this work and pursue teaching english and drama.
i’ve been feeling discouraged about the progress we’re making in the world of employee wellness. it’s a sisyphean and thankless task to ask employers to consider their employees’ “whole self.” while i strained to keep faith that we were making headway, my optimism’s been wavering.
i don’t know whether the projected slaying of the health care reform law hastened my decision. but i do know that i’m ready to say today…to say now…that i plan on closing up context and returning to school to get my teaching certification. i want to teach english to high school students. teaching was what i initially set out to do before i found my way to HR and consulting.
students’ interest in shakespeare may not exceed that of employers’ interest in quick and piecemeal fixes, of course. i’ll know that in due time. for now, though, i’m going to give teaching a whirl and see whether it makes me feel i’m supporting change in our world.
this was a tough decision. i’m sure i’ll have moments of regret and “what ifs.” i thank all of you for your support, advice and readership. it’s been a joyous experience writing for free-range, growing cohealth, and working with context’s clients. and this post’s been a wonderful way to yank your chain.
happy april fools’ day.
p.s. that part about vacation? that was no joke. i’m tuning out and turning off until april 9.