A few of my recent posts have not been overly optimistic. However, the passage of time tends to change the way people see things. Although, I am still unemployed and worried about the bills and rent, I have begun to see some of the benefits of my hiatus. I am still working 10 hours or day or more, but now I am taking the time to explore ideas and opportunities that I never would have thought about. While the money is not coming in yet, I am optimistic about the potential of consulting and freelancing. Others have been successful in similar situations and with the right attitude and work ethic, I could be as well.
Additionally, I have had time to enjoy things that I haven’t been able to do in a long time. I have been able to write merely for the joy of it. Rather than words and thoughts being stuck in my head bouncing around indefinitely, they are coming out on paper. Ideas for articles and stories are beginning to take shape. Although I enjoy academic research and writing, the style is so scripted that one forgets how joyful it is to simply write freely and creatively.
I have also been able to spend more time with my wife and other family members, do more walking, and spend more time reading my Bible and praying. I have been woodworking and developing other creative projects as well. Although I am still unsure of the future and may struggle for a while, I am beginning to appreciate some of the benefits of my current situation. Great opportunities can come from the most daunting challenges and setbacks.
I recently completed my PhD in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) at the University of Wyoming. I have published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals and have a book chapter coming early next year. I aim to explore issues of privilege and equity of education, especially as they pertain to STEM education.