During my freshman year of college, something really strange happened to me.
I was watching “The Notebook,” one of my favorite romance movies, with my Mama and we got to the scene where Noah reveals to Allie that he wrote her a letter every day for a year. You know the scene. The big reveal that he still loved Allie even after all those years passed. Normally, I’d be crying like a baby after that scene. What girl doesn’t want a man to sweep her off her feet like that?
Yet, the scene flashed before my emotionally vacant eyes. Not a drop was shed for Noah and Allie’s timeless love. Okay, I thought, it must be that I’ve finally outgrown my girlish ways and am becoming a young lady after all. …
Sex isn’t the only thing that’s casual these days.
Welcome to the age of casual employment. (Cue Peter Townshend’s legendary yell at the end of “Won’t Get Fooled Again”.)
When I graduated from university, that marked my official entrance into the professional job market. As far as I was concerned, I didn’t need a fancy trophy or ribbon to celebrate being in the same pool of millions of other job seekers. I needed a job. End of story.
I would spend mornings applying to countless, faceless job postings in the usual areas: LinkedIn, Indeed, and company websites. Then I would reserve my afternoons for reading and writing, networking with writers in the biz, and soaking up as much as I could about my industries. …
I was writing at Starbucks a few weeks ago and overheard a snippet of a conversation between an octogenarian couple.
“Ryan’s wife left landscaping to go back to teacher’s college,” said the woman.
The man shook his head. “That’s strange because Penny was a good landscaper.”
The woman shrugged her shoulders and took a sip of her coffee. “She probably didn’t like it all that much.”
Nodding, the man said, “Well, they say, ‘Those who can, do; and those who can’t, teach.’”
I never did like that expression. It’s crass, ignorant, and, worst of all, arrogant. It discounts the level of skill necessary to be a good teacher. Despite not pursuing teaching as a career, I’ve had a few stints in the field and have more respect for the people in the profession. Being a good teacher is not easy. Just like any profession, it takes great communication skills, knowledge in a variety of subjects, and a great deal of patience. …