So, a little while ago I met R, who is swiftly becoming my other half. We met, I heard his English accent, swooned and now I’m moving to England in July for a year. A whole bunch of stuff happened in between but that’s the gist.
His visa expires in June and instead of going through the ordeal of a long distance relationship, I’ve been granted a leave of absence for a year and am going to teach in London.
It took me two years to get the job I have now and part of me thinks I’m crazy for leaving (even with permission) and the other half is exhilarated and all ‘Eff you conventionalism, you can’t tell me what to do!’
Behold how I make decisions.
- I get to live with and travel around Europe with a guy I love (ya, I said it)
- LONDON. Think of the field trip options!! MUSEUMS ARE FREEEEEEE. I can’t even deal
- I get to be a real life version of the movie ‘About Time’ but without the time travel. Or the obsession with Kate Moss. That girl needs to eat some sandwiches. If you haven’t seen this movie, drop everything and go do that. Now. Unless you hate predictable rom coms, in which case, maybe sit this one out.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7A810duHvw
- There is an abundance of teaching jobs in London and the surrounding area. Three cheers for degrees that travel! More on this in another post.
- I GET TO HAVE MY OWN PLACE.
- Things like polar vortexes don’t happen over there.
- I’ll have soooo much to blog about, you guys. And by ‘you guys’ I mean my immediate family and colleagues upon which I have forced this blog.
- I get to try my hand at a completely different curriculum and student landscape.
- Teaching in Ontario is very precarious these days with the buzz words being ‘cuts’, ‘closures’ and ‘low enrolment’. Next year’s ripple effect could mean that I would have to go back to day-to-day supply work.
- Depending on where I end up teaching, it is very likely that the year will count towards my years of experience when I come back.
- My board is very much seniority based, so a year away will probably mean that a year’s worth of people will climb above my name on The List. When I come back, long term jobs will come to me quite bit later, if at all.
- With everything being so weird with teachers, I worry that I’m putting myself at risk of losing my job. Right now I have amazing benefits, great pay and a certain degree of stability– I’d be gutted if that all went away.
- London is expensive. I’m a money saving ninja so the fact that I won’t really be saving any money is a hard pill to swallow. I really want to house. What is it about immigrant Italians and their kids that makes them allergic to renting?
- I’ll really miss my family. I’ll miss my niece’s first day of school and a bunch of other milestones, I’m sure. This is #4 because my parents have travel industry benefits and it’s only a year. <– this sentence is here for my Mom. Hi Mom!
- I’ll have to be fully independent. I should be more embarrassed to admit this but my mom is a really good cook and I’m a really good eater. Basically I’m ‘meh’ about having to cook for myself, sigh.
- I go to an amazing and affordable Crossfit gym here in the city. I checked prices in London and they having me wondering if I’m signing up for a gym or a country club. I’d rather spend £200 on clothes or traveling or food. Essentially what I’m raying is that I’ll probably have to pay for two seats on the flight home.
Annnnd the Pros have it! Sometimes you have to throw sensibility and caution to the wind if it feels right. All of the negatives, though sensible, are things I can look past. Would it suck if I have to start over when I come home? Yes. Will it take me that much longer to buy a house? Yes. But, opportunities like this and people like R don’t come around often and I know that if I passed this up because of money or seniority I would regret it. Also R has an English accent, so….