Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
– Attributed to William Arthur Ward
The theme for day four of the gratitude challenge is someone who has helped you and there are so many options for for me to choose from with this topic that it is hard to know where to start. I think that for the purposes of where I am in life at the moment, that the person who helped kick start my journey into the teaching profession is a friend by the name of Belinda. We met, initially, in 2005, via the random chat function of the old chat system ICQ. Chatting over the next few years we became close friends, moving across to MSN messenger. We eventually met up in person and have remained good friends ever since.
About five and a half years ago, With Belinda in her final year of Honours as part of her Forensic Science undergraduate degree, she asked me when I was “…going to get off my lazy backside and go and become a teacher.” This was the nudge that I needed. I was not enjoying my job at the time, and had wanted to get into teaching for a few years but had been, to be blunt, scared of giving up a job that paid decently to go and become a full-time uni student. I approached my employer and we came to an agreement where they would allow me to drop to part-time employment, worked around my university schedule and so I began the journey to where I am now.
If not for Belinda, I am not entirely sure when or even if I would have worked up the courage to walk away from a dead-end job that I did not enjoy and enter the teaching profession, where I feel I can actually make a difference, and so it is the friendship of Belinda that I am particularly grateful for today.