I am a simple person and I live a very simple life, even my dreams are simple. Yet, the real world (world of employment that is) is anything but simple. I thought taking up a 4-degree course will give me what I want, a simple job and a simple way of living. Yet when I was hired to teach at a particular university, I was overwhelmed with the fact that my 4-degree course will not make me keep my job as a teacher. I was required to take up a master’s degree which I was unwilling to do, and yet I did. So yes, I kept my job on the condition that I finish my master’s degree in two years (in my case, four- well it wasn’t that simple to work and study at the same time so I strongly think I deserved some slack J). I worked and studied at the same time which was the start of my life’s complications.
I barely had time for myself since then because of my 36-units workload plus my units enrolled in the graduate school. I woke up in the morning, sometimes I ate breakfast, and sometimes I didn’t. At the dining table, one hand on my cup of coffee, the other on different books as references for my SEVEN different subjects. Even on the ride to school, I risked my eyes to slow destruction as I kept reading because I didn’t want to lose face in front of a class of FORTY students. On top of that of course, as young as I was as a teacher, I had realized my responsibility, my duty to give the best service (though sometimes best does not mean correct or perfectJ) to my students. At night, instead of going home, I went to another school, this time as a student AGAIN!!! (So much for my dream of keeping a simple life…)
But I persisted and I did what I had to do. I worked during the day, I studied at night. I slept (many nights I didn’t) for a couple of hours and this went on for almost four years until I finished my master’s degree. I thought, “now that I have finished my course in the graduate school, I could probably go back to my plan A: my simple life.” I transferred to another university and worked as an instructor in that school for more than a year and yet with the new work environment, and an added title to my already very long name, nothing much has changed. Every day is routinely complicated and I never had the chance to have that simple dream. So one day… I simply decided to quit my job.
I gazed beyond and saw the endless horizons of opportunities in life. I made my life complicated for five years when I could have just made a simple choice, a simple decision: quit my job! Had I not made such move, I would not have learned about what else this life has to offer. So, I sit back, enjoy a cup of coffee, read a good book, and chat with my mom, dad, and big sis. This time, I will keep my promise, I will follow my dream, and I will keep it simple, who knows? This could just be my luck!