After a bit of serious and reflective posts, I thought it was time for a bit of levity and question four for the #kinderchat2012 blog challenge provides just that opportunity. This question asks, if you were not teaching, what would you be doing?"
This is an interesting question because upon first reading this most of my thoughts flowed towards things that I'm in the position to pursue and/or very likely will do in the future. For one, I am currently in the midst of a teaching hiatus as I embrace grad school and new opportunities. This, however, doesn't quite count as something new as I'm attending a graduate school in child development and will be completing an internship in which I will be working with teachers. So though I'm not a classroom teacher, I still consider myself a teacher at heart. I also thought that I would write about how I would open a yoga studio for children and families and spend my days helping children learn healthy habits and how to use yoga to calm anxiety. Well, that's still education related and a dream that I will pursue when finished with grad school, so that doesn't count for thinking outside of the box either. Okay, I've got it, were I not teaching or in grad school I would join the peace corp. Nope, this doesn't quite stretch the imagination either as this is still a path I could very likely take after school (and will probably involve teaching, so no dice!)
Are you ready? My secret fantasy, the one that sometimes surfaces in my dreams at night, is that I am a Broadway musical star. Never mind that I have the worst sense of rhythm that even country line dancing provides challenging for me. Forget the fact that when I sing in guitar class I do so so quietly because I know that I'm off tone. It doesn't matter that though I sing all day long when with children I know that I don't stay in any kind of a lovely tune. Let's not even forget that I'm still quite nervous and shaky speaking in front of large crowds. Regardless, I think that being a star on Broadway would quite possibly be the best job on the planet.
I have seen RENT from the front row every single time it has come into town (waiting in line for hours to get the $20 rush tickets), I cry at the end of Wicked every time I see it-heck, every time I hear Defying Gravity, I watch the DVD versions of my favorite musicals over and over since I can't watch them at the theatre every night. I love musical theater. And despite the fact that in high school I spent my drama club days frolicking in the background as a wicked stepsister in Roger and Hamerstein's Cinderella or as a green leotard (I'm not kidding, it was horrendous) clad guardian of the gates in 'Oz while my friends belted out the leads as Cinderella and Dorothy, I had a blast. And there is a little part of me that wishes I had the talent to be on stage.
But then I wake up and I remember my passion for children and education and social justice and I'm quite content that my closest brush with the Broadway stage was when we bought onstage tickets for Xanadu and I sat next to the daughters of Zeus waving my little glow stick proudly.