Sodaro's Stories

May 3, 2017

Brave

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 3:05 pm
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Walking away from teaching is very much like walking away from a 20-year marriage. I say that as someone who has not ever been married…but who has sacrificed and has been loyal and has devoted my whole life (at the cost of my writing and any kind of a personal life) to teaching.

A lot of people are telling me I am “so brave” to walk away from my full-time teaching career to more fully pursue my author career.

To me, it’s not about being brave, nor did it really require any kind of courage, per se. (Of course it is still very new and shiny, so maybe when it sinks in — you know, in a couple of weeks when I don’t get that teacher paycheck). I didn’t do it to be brave; it was just something I felt like I had to do.

I have lived very deliberately to not have any regrets and with the possible exception of some guys I have dated- I can honestly say I have no regrets.  (Let’s just call those fellas research, shall we?)

I have taught countless students (many of whom have become treasured friends). I have written curriculum and lesson plans to help challenge students and accomplish their goals. I have made friends at every school I have been at — friends I cannot imagine my life without knowing.

My life has been shaped (for better or worse) by every class, every student I have taught. And I have given my all to that profession. And now, I am giving my all to my writing, which has been on the back burner for far too long. So to me, it’s not about being brave at all. It’s about doing what I had to, to be true to who I am now. Something I think we should all do. What makes you feel alive? Do that. Pursue that.

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June 16, 2013

Getting brave

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 7:48 pm
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My friend, Misty, got me a card that said “dandelions are my favorite because they refuse to give up” and my Christmas present to myself was a permanent reminder to never give up on my writing.
For the majority of my life, I have played it safe…I have been ever aware of where the line in the sand was, and have stayed safely on the side where there would be approval and where nothing I did would show up on a background check (as an educator,  this is very important).
I have hidden myself away, have kept extra weight on, have pursued relationships I knew wouldn’t last, because again…it was safe.
My tattoo was my first step at being brave. It was a step that I needed to take and one I don’t regret in the least. I am done hiding.  I am going to show the world that I no longer need approval or safety. What I want in my life is the real deal.
Being an author is being allowed to be myself for the first time. As a teacher, I wear a mask…I play the role…all the world’s a stage, and all that. As an author. …it’s me. No more hiding, no more safety…just me…being brave.

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