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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mr. In-Between

Here we are, the 15th of September, smack dab in the center of the month.  Officially, the calendar still reads that we are still in Summer season.  Fall will be here soon as the autumnal equinox, that equal day of sun and darkness falls on Sunday, September 22.

Already, the inevitable signs of the Fall season are clearly apparent: the shortening of the daylight hours, the subtle change of color on the leaves of some of the trees in the neighborhood and the return of children to school.  I am a father to 3 school age children.  One of my children started 2nd grade and my other 2 kids, twins, began 1st grade. 

This "In-Between" season lends itself for reflection.  I think of how fast my children have grown and all that they have yet to accomplish.  Additionally, I reflect on my own hopes and dreams.  I look back on the professional changes I have made since 2006 and I'm pleased at the resiliency and strength it took for me to accomplish my goals.  I have to thank my wife, Aimee, whose encouragement and support, before and since our marriage, gave me the incentive to try and ultimately achieve my goals.

For a Cliff's notes version, In 2005, before our first child was born, I decided to return to school with the goal of changing careers.  A year later, due to certain circumstances, I left a job which provided zero in terms of personal satisfaction.  I completed my degree in 2010 and am in a field where I can hold my head up high and witness, daily, the impact I have on others as a teacher. 

For a long time, I was "In Between," seeking which path was right for me.  It took the impending birth of my first child to put aside all the excuses I've used before to forego any movement and to not stay the safe unchallenging course.  It wasn't easy leaving a comfort zone, I suppose it never is, but I did it and that's what counts.

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