I love everything about the meaning behind an arrow. This is such a great reminder to stay focused on your goals.
I most recently relate the arrow to my long journey to find a teaching job. I was one of the lucky who grew up knowing EXACTLY what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to teach! Unfortunately, I was also one of the unlucky ones to graduate college the same year the economy decided to take a plunge. From a maternity takeovers, aiding, subbing, coaching…the works. I could not find a way in! I bounced around to a few different districts in hopes that things would open up. No such luck. At this point I am 26, my friends are all working their way up in the business world and I am here spending hours on end on k12jobspots, googling jobs and questioning myself. Maybe this just isn’t what I am “supposed” to be doing. Defeated, I asked myself, what else do I love? Athletics
— Enter life as an administrative assistant for Loyola’s basketball program.
At this point, I have set my arrow down. I am back at Loyola, the place I loved, where I learned so much as a student and as an athlete…maybe this is where I am supposed to be?? It was a change of pace and I did enjoy being a part of a program and helping out student-athletes, but I never felt whole. Not to mention, I still found myself sneaking in a few teaching applications everyday! Shhhh! Still nothing was coming of those and I started to accept the fact that my dream of being a teacher was over…and then they asked me to work the little kid basketball camps over summer. I had a blast! I was working with kids again. I let myself forget how much I loved this! I then realized I had given up. Work after that felt empty. What was I doing to help people? I was back to questioning myself and confused. Could I really try to do this teaching thing again?? I knew I didn’t have an option.
I spent that entire summer knocking down doors, making phone calls and reaching out. I found my way back in! I was in aide in a preschool in Chicago. I was back on track…until the next school year rolled around and no jobs opened up at my school. I was going to be an aide, again! I couldn’t help but think I was back where I started a few years ago! I loved being in schools, but would I ever find what I was looking for? Then a few weeks into the school year I got the most amazing call of my life. The call I had been waiting for since I was 23yrs old! I GOT A JOB. My own classroom. Something I have been excited and ready for since I was 5yrs old and am loving every minute of it!
Sooo, back to my neckless! I wear it as a reminder to never quit, to never give up, to never stop aiming/working towards your goals. Was it hard to stay focused, absolutely! Persistence pays off. (I also can’t help but think that my bow had an extra flexible string…felt like I was pulling that arrow back forever!!)