It’s day two of the 7 Day Feel Good Blogging Challenge and today’s prompt is to tell the story of how I became an entrepreneur. Except, I’m not an entrepreneur. I have a normal job as a teacher. I don’t make any money from my blog. So, rather than skipping the blogging prompt, I’ll talk about how I came to be where I am today. As I explored in yesterday’s post, I blog because I enjoy sharing my knowledge about some of my interests. I don’t usually post on weekends, but I thought I’d make an exception in order to complete this daily blogging challenge.
I’ve always had very vague ideas of what I wanted to do when I grew up, but now that I am technically a grown up, and have been one for quite a few years, I find that I still don’t have a clear picture of what I want to do with my time or my life. I enjoy creative things like art, photography, writing and crochet, and would love to spend more time on those hobbies, but at the same time I don’t really feel like I’m good enough at any of those to earn a living from them.
My pursuit of hobbies has led me to discover my own physical limitations: computer use, drawing, writing and crochet all place a lot of strain on my right hand, wrist and arm, and even affect my left arm to a lesser extent. This limits my ability to spend as much time as I would like on any of those activities. Add to all that a headache-inducing sensitivity to light, I found myself unable to do the things I wanted to do.
Of course, all these problems also affected my work. I was already struggling by the time I finished studying programming and game design at varsity, and when I got my first office job it became unbearable. Even with an LCD screen and as much ergonomic positioning as I could manage in my little cubicle, I found sitting at a desk all day was simply not something I would be able to do. Those three months showed me that an office job was not for me. With a degree in computers this was something of a conundrum.
At this point I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life or what kind of job I wanted. After three years studying programming, I was pretty sure I didn’t want to do programming all day every day, and three months in an office job showed me that I didn’t want some other kind of ‘normal’ computer job either. Eventually my mother took me to a local computer training company that gave short courses in computers to adults.
Teaching was not something I had ever considered as a career. But again, I hadn’t ever really considered any career. So I tried teaching computer skills for a year and a bit, and it turned out I was pretty good at it. I was still using my considerable computer-related expertise (and passing some of it on to others), without having to sit and stare at a screen all day.
After that training centre I moved on to teaching at my former high school, starting as an intern while completing my teaching qualification, and eventually becoming a full time teacher. I also do design work for the school’s marketing department, which lets me exercise my computer skills (and my creativity), with teaching to interrupt my time spent at my desk.
I think my point with all of this is that the physical problems I’ve had have actually led me to discover something (teaching) that I may never have found under other circumstances. I don’t know if I’ll be a teacher forever, but it seems like a good way to spend my time while I figure out what I DO want to do.