excerpted from an email to chris:
… my job is pretty sweet too. i think the greatest pleasure of being in my 30s is that i’ve now worked at what i do for a decade and i feel good about it- not good as in i’m done, i’m accomplished, no more to learn, but good as in i feel competent most of the time and incompetent rarely, and the challenges are usually interesting rather than devastating. i have a good understanding of my own strengths and weaknesses and i’m still interested in feedback. it helps a lot that this is a million times less crazy environment than codman was- there i often felt underwater; there was so much social work kind of stuff that was incredibly hard to deal with, and i could often feel guilty just for concentrating on my curriculum. one nice thing about shifting jobs is that i’m learning new material (global world history is fascinating; the history of the middle east pretty bizarre). i’m so lucky to be in a field that’s centered around learning. it is probably one of the most fun jobs i could have.