I got a new job.
And I am SO excited!
I'll still be working in education, but instead of one classroom of kids, I get to work with an entire building of kids. It's going to be a different kind of work, but I think it's going to be equally as fulfilling and fun (once I get over the initial shock, of course!)
The downside of this new position is that I'm leaving my district.
I've worked there for 14+ years.
Same building the whole time.
And I have to say farewell.
As this new opportunity sinks in, I'm realizing that I'm hitting a lot of "lasts" right now.
Last field trips with the district. Last round of parent-teacher conferences (I won't miss this a lot, but I will miss the connection!) Last time for the Art show. Last time for Science night. Knowing this past fall was the last time I set up my classroom. The last time I decorated it for class parties. Last time for the end of year celebrations. Last year for the school traditions.
Lots and lots of lasts.
That makes me anxious and nervous and really, really sad.
I know that with lasts, comes firsts.
And firsts can give me something to look forward to.
First time meeting my new team. First time experience a first day of school in a different place. First school fair. First day in a cafeteria. First school with a fireplace! First time playing in the Innovation Hub. First step into the world of leadership.
Lots of firsts.
And while they make me nervous and anxious and sick-to-my-stomach, they make me excited, too.
New adventures always mean you leave something behind.
With new opportunities come farewells.
Every "last" means you're heading into a new "first."
I guess it's good that I've been working on holding conflicting feelings without melting into a puddle of emotion, cause without that practice, I think this opportunity would have ended before it began.