Throughout our lives we will be guided by others, but we ultimately, make the decisions about the way we will live our life. When I was young and I would ask my dad for advice, he would say,” I can only give you suggestions and try to guide you, but you have to live your own life.”
It’s the same with God. We look to God to guide us and there may be signs on the path we should take, but God gives us free will to make our own decisions.
When choosing your career, you will only be truly happy if you do what you want to do, not what others think you should do. When you do finally choose your career, you have to be you. As a teacher you are given a curriculum but each individual will present the information in his/her own way. If you you try to teach like someone else it won’t be authentic and kids have a way of sensing this. It’s the same with all parts of life. You need to be with the partner that’s right for you, live in a place that suits you, and explore interests that make you happy.
I made a promise to myself a long time ago that when my heart wasn’t in it anymore, I would retire from teaching. I believe all teachers should do this for the benefit of the students. Many of my colleagues said I still had a lot to offer and a few good years left in me, but that wasn’t the path I wanted to take. My husband and my children thought I should work a few more years but my heart wasn’t in it. I was ready to lead my happy retirement life, and the road is mine alone to walk, although I’ll always want to have others to walk it with me.