-Robert Louis Stevenson
This is something that I've been thinking about a lot recently. If you've been following my "real life" over the month of July you will know that I celebrated a lot of milestones with friends. A couple very dear to me moved closer to where I live and it struck me that it wasn't even their first house purchase... they've owned two houses so far. Driving this home even more has been me falling in love with a gorgeous house in my home town that I cannot yet afford.
I'm not the only person that feels this way - many of my colleagues in my teaching programme who were working full time prior to returning to university are feeling the pinch of not being where we thought we would be in our lives... and sick of not having any cash. We're being directed at the moment to complete CVs and as part of that process outline a philosophy of teaching. H summed it up perfectly when she said "OMG I don't care. My philosophy is your philosophy. Just give me the job and some money again!"
SB is good at reminding me of the brevity of this time when I am student-poor. I'm lucky that I'm not poor-poor for a start. It's only until Jan/Feb next year. I'm pursuing a career that I will be happy to do for the rest of my life. This time allows me some (not a lot LOL) extra time and flexibility that I won't have in future. Yes, I don't have some of the things that my friends have but I'm building a life (and hopefully we're building a life together) that reflects values and goals that are important to me. Everyone starts at different points and have different finish lines. Comparing yourself to others can be hazardous to your health.
Your thoughts, Scribblettes?