This blog is all about Moments that Define Life so it’s fitting that for this week’s Listable Life options I choose the topic that focuses on that. Although, admittedly I really wanted to focus on the Momnesia moments because there are more than a few of those to go around but alas, I figured I’d go with the moments that brought me to where I am today.
The Parents Leaving
Both of my parents at one point or another checked out of my life (physically, emotionally and eventually altogether) at an early age. They would pop in and out but ultimately, those moments and periods of time in my life have defined the person I am, the perspective I have in life and the mother I am to my children. For better or worse, I am who I am because of their choices.
Getting my First Teaching Job
I had a rough final internship. In fact, I was actually kicked out of that internship…I know… scandalous! The thing is, I seriously questioned my ability as teacher because of that experience and even though it worked out and my supervising teacher came to her senses (she was terrible) – my confidence was still shaken.
But, I still sought out my first job after graduation because it was time to be on my own and that was the profession I had worked so hard to get into. My first class of students was a tough class…the kids had been without their permanent classroom teacher for a long time due to maternity leave and were lacking self-control and a connection with their instructor. I entered that classroom with uncertainty and yet a resolve to give them what they truly needed once I realized how aimless they were and it saved me and helped me realize that I was in fact a good teacher…a fact I was uncertain of due to a poor judgement on my supervising teacher’s part.
Marrying the Husband
This was the catalyst for so much change in my life. It brought into my life a sense of independence because I was thrust into a military wife’s life, I have met so many new people and discovered so many new things about myself as a person, friend and spouse. There have been bumps along the way but those things add new layers to our lives and reveal new things about us. It’s been quite the journey.
I’m sure this goes without saying for many – but for me, having children has been bittersweet. I have been given such a gift with my girls because I now understand the true bond between mother and child. On the flip side of that, I now realize the depth of what I was missing growing up and that saddens me. But, I also realize that it was a defining element in my life. All of these things have made me the person I am, the mother I have been and will be over the course of time. Children have changed my life in a way I could never have imagined and enriched my life in such a way that I never knew was possible.
Becoming a Blogger
My journey as a blogger has opened up a whole new world of friendship and professional opportunity. It has cultivated new interest and tapped into strengths and interests I didn’t know I had. It has allowed me to stay connected to others through times in my life that might have otherwise been so isolating. Blogging is a lovely experience and one that I wouldn’t trade for a thing.
There are so many other things that have defined my life, but these are some of the bigger ones that come to mind at the moment.
What is one moment that has defined your course in life?
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