Heres how it happened. I called my boss on a Sunday in October and told him.
[Boss], Ive decided to change careers.
Really? To what?
I think Im going to become a high-school teacher. Right now the plan is to get certified to teach both Math and Music at the high-school level.
Dave, I think thats wonderful. You know Ive always said if I won the lottery Id teach high-school. I dont know why it has to be the lottery but there you go.
So yeah Im going back to school in January. The best part is I dont have to pay for classes thanks to my wifes job as a professor at the college. And I was hoping I could still do some part-time work on [the software I know the most about], as a contractor.
Sure, that makes a lot of sense. Actually, Ive been sitting here working on staffing and if you do this, it makes my life a lot easier. It works out perfectly
Thats.. thats great. Im really happy.
You know, Ive always thought you were a person who should be out there making a difference in the world. And I have to admit that [the software you know the most about] is probably not the best way to do that. Dave, this feels right.
Thank you. Wow. Thank you.
I hung up the phone with tears in my eyes. Honestly, I had a good cry. I had been terrified of this phone call for no good reason whatsoever, and of course my boss was great. He was beyond great. He was happy for me.
Of course this isnt really how it all started. It might have really started when I drew lines in the sand at the playground to teach my five-year old sister about electrons, or when I was a camp counselor, or when I taught Sunday School, or when a fourth cousin Id never met told me this summer how much I reminded him of his favorite teacher, and his parents informed me there was basically no higher compliment.
It wasnt until this phone call that it became real. Im really doing this, and it is starting now.