Read Related: Tips to Reinvent Yourself ProfessionallyNow, it seemed like an act of madness. The sound of sobbing grew louder around me. There were tear-stained faces and red-rimmed eyes. Stunned expressions. Grim looks. Anger. Fear. Confusion. The air seemed to hang thick with shock and sadness. Then, the school principal began to hand out letters to the teachers whose contracts would not be renewed. One had my name on it. As the moment began to register, my stomach slowly sank with the realization that I could soon face joblessness for the first time in my adult life. Yet, at the same time, I did not share the despair or the panic of many seated around me. I did not fear the unknown in the same way they seemed to that day. Because I had already been down that path. I’d already reinvented my life and my career once. So, if I had to, I know I could do it again. It hasn’t been an easy road—nor a change I made lightly.
But it was not. This time, I was not there as a journalist covering the news. This time, I was a teacher facing the loss of my job. After all, I still work as a freelance journalist and although my school district did end up offering me a contract, I decided instead to teach two classes this fall at a local college.