I have been meaning to write in this blog since December!
Well I suppose a lot has changed since December. I lost a boyfriend and gained a few friends. I was informed of an obstacle to going overseas that I had not anticipated regarding my son. It's an obstacle that will take time and money to overcome. I have a few more months of experience in teaching at the aboriginal school I have been teaching at since August. I have taught things I knew nothing about at the end of the year and have IMMENSELY enjoyed learning the new things. I have learned to be a runner and ran the Vancouver Sun Run and more recently, the Run for Water (10k)
A lot of things have stayed the same too. My father is still very ill and is now progressively been getting worse. I still hate rain and the place I grew up, regardless of all the things I have done to overcome this dislike. I still have wanderlust and am constantly looking OUT instead of enjoying what is here and now.
Some decisions I have made since December: 1) Life is too short to stay in one spot for another year. So I may not be able to go overseas next year but I certainly do not have to stay here. I have been applying at jobs in the Arctic part of Canada as well as several jobs in the far eastern parts, Labrador. 2) I have stayed here far too long. It is disturbing that I feel like continuing on the highway OUT of BC everyday I have to drive in to work. So I have decided to do something about that this summer. 3) Stuff weighs you down so I need to get rid of most of my stuff.
My children and I are going on a two month camping trip come July. We are starting out in BC and meandering our way around Canada, wherever we feel like going, whenever we feel like going there. My daughter is coming out from Ontario and driving with us. We have tents. Will travel. Can't wait.
I am selling most of our stuff and have already given notice at my apartment. I will have boxes in storage of things like photo albums and books I cannot part with but everything else is going to be gone. We will be sans 'stuff' soon. It's terrifying.
I am hoping SO MUCH to be able to go elsewhere next September. Hopefully I hear from a school board in the north soon or it may be too late. The thought of staying here another year is suffocating. I love my job here but the rain and other things about British Columbia has become toxic for me. I need to leave.
I will try very hard to keep this blog up more often. I would like to write about my cross country trip and have a few other things to say about teaching in an aboriginal school in BC. Attendance issues and technology debates are coming up!