16 days ago I had a job interview; 15 days ago I was offered a job; 14 days ago I accepted the job, and 13 days ago I posted about authenticity (rather, I was easing into the concept of authenticity). 12 days ago, I started the job that I now view as the ‘entry-level position’ to my life calling.
Now, before I get too far into the ‘job’ post, I have to tell you something about the past year.
I discovered Existentialist Philosophy.
I had planned on a gradual and detailed account of these new insights, but, well… abstract half-thought… to be continued… The important thing now is the idea of authenticity.
Those who have read my posts of the past know that I try to live my life openly, honestly and without reserve. For many who meet me in person, this can be a little unnerving and overwhelming at times. At times I have doubted the wisdom of my choices. When I discovered the existentialist concept of authenticity … vindication!!!!!
So, segue completed, circling back to my new job. I am happy to report that I love my day job. I am working as an Instructional Assistant at a high school. My duties include: taking notes for students who, for various reasons, cannot take notes for themselves; help students organize assignments and complete assignments in a timely manner; find new and interesting ways to explain confusing or difficult material, and assist instructors in non-academic ‘chores’ that detract from quality teaching time.
Many of the students I work with remind me of a teenage me. Some have unusual learning styles, some have a single-minded focus on one subject, and sadly for some, life has taught them lessons not found in a classroom – lessons no child should have to learn.
High school the first time around made little impact on me academically. It was an escape or a chance for creative exploration through theater and music, but rarely was it inspiring on an intellectual level. I appreciated concept and significance, while the faculty appreciated memorization and regurgitation. I rarely went to class.
Now, after all this time, I get to experience a little bit of high school again. I finally made it to US History and I can truly appreciate how far my country has come in such a relatively short period of time. I feel a renewal in my optimism. I also have the privilege of sitting in on a fundamental English class. I finally understand the ‘comma-splice’. I know, I know, its basic grammar, but I must have been absent the day they taught subordinating, coordinating and correlative conjunctions because I have been faking it and passing the buck to ‘grammar check’ for years. I was in BAD FAITH!!! (I just had to throw in another term from existentialism). So, while my posts may be a bit irregular for a while, I am taking notes and forming thoughts.