For just over a week now I have been a full time teacher here in Taiwan. I teach from kindergarten up to the Canadian equivalent of grade 3 or 4, and work from 9:00AM until 6:30PM Monday to Friday. When I am not working I am recovering from the day or week. I will not be paid until the 15th of next month, and am hungry, anxious and perpetually tired. I've even had to do the unthinkable, borrow money from a friend, damaging my pride. Having said that... I am truly happy!
I am enjoy being a teacher. I love everyone of my students and, despite never having taught before, I am quickly getting the hang of it. Walking into a class full of kids shouting "good morning Teacher Joseph!" never fails to bring a smile to my face. I am working a genuinely fulfilling job, and I am lucky to have it.
After I finish settling into this job I will start looking for a supplementary one. Working two or three nights a week might be necessary for me financially, and I think i can handle the hours. The adventure I am on is not done yet and I hope to pocket a bit before coming home.
I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin, nor more sure of the direction I want my life to take, it is truly exiting. Before coming home I hope to see a few more countries this side of the world, and start prepping for some big steps I plan to take in the near future. As for now, I am still hungry, penny less, and unsure what tomorrow will bring. However, no longer am I scared, I am exited. Better yet I am happy!