Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain. ~Mark Twain
I have never felt such exhilaration, yet gut-wrenching fear and I walked through the TSA Pre-Check security checkpoint. I was holding back sobs as I took one last look at my family and then turned to walk to my gate at the international terminal at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
After the loss of my Mother in the fall of 2017 and teaching and working in Texas public schools for twenty-four years, I knew I needed a change. I was emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted from my “running ninety-miles-an-hour with my hair on fire” approach to life, as my husband described me. I had always loved traveling on weekends and for every chance I had. A trip to Paris was the lock of the suitcase. I wanted to experience living in a different country and adapting to a new culture. I would never experience what I wanted in my current job.
Christmas Holidays were spent filling out my applications for International teaching positions, which require huge amounts of paperwork, philosophy statements and references. By January I had landed an amazing job for the upcoming school year at a beautiful American school on the island of Jeju, “the Hawaii of Asia.”
After raising two children and spending the majority of my adult life married, I would leave my husband with our home and two spoiled fur babies to accept the position as Literacy Coach in South Korea. This would be about as different as I could get from Dallas, Texas!