“I want to be a teacher, but I want my classroom to be outside.”
When I was a little kid, I used to line up all my dolls, pull out that Fisher-Price chalk board, throw on my Mom’s heels and play “teacher.” Even then, I knew that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I studied Childhood Edu for two years before I switched majors. I wasn’t stoked on teaching anymore, and I couldn’t imagine myself sitting in a classroom all day, writing lesson plans, wearing dress pants, etc., etc..
I remember being really disappointed in myself when I bailed- like I was letting myself down in some way. Or giving up too quickly.
So, I shifted my goal from “I want to be a teacher” to “I want to be a teacher, but I want my classroom to be outside.” I had no idea what that meant, or how to make it happen, but it sure sounded cool.
Fast forward five years, and one career change later and bam! I think I did it folks.
Last week I lead clinics teaching (!!!) 90 people how to trail run. Covering everything from how to run up/down hills, to proper hydration practices (ahem, 🍻.) Never in a million years did I imagine a trail as my classroom, and 90 sweaty people as my students.
I guess the universe is pretty damn good at picking which road to point you down. You just gotta give it the keys #namastejennay