The confusions aren’t at their worst in middle school; they’re just at their most OBVIOUS. After that point, we learn to hide it well. In short, we learn to lie well.

While I didn’t pursue a career in education, I was going to. I still could of course; that’s the marvel of the profession. About 12 years ago, I took a very long paid test to determine the perfect careers for me.

The stuff I expected came up: Coach, Minister/priest/rabbi, Psychologist, Pharmacist… these things usually come up in career tests.

But my number one?

Middle School Teacher (Special Ed).

It went on to describe how Special Education means both slow (I never liked the term slow) and talented and gifted. 

I was floored that the test was that accurate, as that’s definitely a profession an “alternative Universe me” would’ve done / could do without any problem at all. I always wanted to teach middle school; I always found the transition points in life to be fascinating. 

Yet, I never felt as if I “should’ve done something different”. Seeing that snapped into place something I always knew; That all people are in a constant state of transition in some part of their lives. The confusions aren’t at their worst in middle school; they’re just at their most OBVIOUS. After that point, we learn to hide it well. In short, we learn to lie well.

Before that point, there’s somewhat more stability, but I think trouble begins around 7-8 yrs old; the age social awareness comes in like acid rain and you have to cope as best you can. It’s amazing we survive at all.

Part of me knows I was born at the “wrong time”. In the future or in the past, it’s likely I would’ve gone straight into teaching formally. But, it wasn’t safe to be a man in the teaching profession in the early 1990s. Too many eyes, too much skepticism, and I was discouraged from entering it as a field for that reason alone. It would’ve been an uphill battle, like being a woman in the military or firefighter: not impossible but constant scrutiny.

No regrets though. Just an alternative Universe me smile emoticon I love my path so far, and appreciate just being here to experience it. Life’s a marvel and any opportunity I get to encourage people to progress in their own way, at their own pace while allowing themselves to be challenged to grow, I do so.

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