Exactly one year ago I sat down at my computer in frustration. It was the end of August, and I realized that yet again I was facing the knowledge of knowing that I had failed, once more, in getting a teaching job. I had interviewed all over the area, and had some great moments speaking with principals and schools, but for some reason no one would hire me. I was angry and upset. And mostly frustrated. I didn't know what I should have done differently, or if I could have done anything to make myself stand out.
One year ago I sat down and decided that I would do something for myself. If a school did not find me worthy of being on its staff, I would educate myself as best I could so that one day, I could say "Look at what you turned down."
It was that day that I decided to embark on this odyssey of mine-to read the books of the great authors and learn from them. I figured, that if they could teach me something, perhaps one day I could teach my students. That has been my mantra for the past year, and through all of my experiences with books off this list.
To be perfectly honest, I am surprised to still be here, still reading off this list of 250 classics and writing about it. Too often have I given up on my goals and plans, but here I am. That has to say something about what these books have done for me. They have taught me great things and I am still learning.
I know I have a long way to go...there are still many titles left on my list, and a lot of things to look forward to. I still may not have a teaching job, but you know, perhaps I am not meant to be a teacher. I have come to realize that what I think I want, and what I need, are two entirely different things. And that is perfectly okay.
This week will be a celebration and reflection of this past year of blogging. Today, I want to point you to that first post I wrote one year ago-the post where I opened up and said what I was trying to accomplish. If you missed it, go take a look. It might help explain why I am doing this, and why I can't give up.