“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”—Dr. Seuss (via prevums)
Here I am reading through the usual Today in the news section of Yahoo, and for some reason I felt compelled to click that photo and find out just what she would rather be doing with her life (if she had never gone the entertainment route). So I will start by openly admitting that I am not an insane Britney Spears fanatic, but I felt the need to involve her as the topic of my next blog, after reading what she said would be her dream job…
I didn’t see this coming, and in fact spilled blazing hot coffee all over myself… you guessed it, she would want to keep inspiring children her her charisma and positivity; just as an educator?I was floored and speechless… here I am, thinking to myself, “What would possess someone to want to do this, who was in her position”? I know she loves children, as do I, but does she really know what this field is like right now? I would be happy to share with her what it is like in Illinois, at the moment (I appreciate the 31% cut in educational funding Pat Quinn)?
It never occurred to me, until today, how much Britney Spears and I have in common. I know, I said it and I still can’t believe it. Never had I thought I would utter that, let alone even think that… nothing against her, but I have always been a rock and metal kind of fanatic. It made me do a fair share of reflecting upon my career choice to be a fine art teacher.
I will refrain from being too negative and malevolent on the couple hands I was dealt as an educator, because I have changed as a person. For the longest time I had a pretty deep wound, not the kind that is visible or that needs medical attention (physical treatment, anyways). It’s true, I had become a shallow reflection of who I once was. This was reflected in some of the choices I made, attitudes I took, and perhaps even the music I listened to… then I thought back.
I started reflecting back on when I was a young boy; when no one, but myself, cared what I thought. I remember mom’s old vintage atrac/record player, with the curly long cord and big studio headphones. Rocking out to some of the most creative bands in the world; everything from Abba, Air Supply, Heart, etc. It made me recall those magic feelings, and strange as it sounds, has affected my perspective today.
Well, somehow I got off on a tangent there, eh? So what does that have to do with reading that article on Yahoo News today? Everything. It made me realize that you can inspire people in any career field you choose, and it has corrected my logic which had gone astray. For the longest time I have been trying to figure out a way to “jump ship” from the educational field, feeling like I had made a bad choice to be part of that field (because the adversity I have faced). Adversity is part of every field, so in the end I should just do what I love.
True, I have gone from education, but I am hoping with my next move I can be as inspirational as I was in teaching. It is now obvious to me, the reason I became a teacher was because I admired all my former teachers, and the work they did. I always felt they were undervalued, and perhaps these last eight years of my life I have spent repaying them for all they did for me…
Like I said before, in the end you have to do what you love… that just happens to be music for me (so I finally tied in that nostalgic story; see, it was worth the wait). On that note, I will leave this post by saying I actually find a good amount of Ms. Britney’s music as good quality listening (perhaps if it wasn’t pushed so hard on radio stations, I would have come to like it sooner). I do find the hit, “I Wanna Go" to be entertaining (especially, the beginning interview).
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