I’ve certainly become much more opinionated and radical in my opinions as I’ve grown older. As my eyes and mind have been opened to so many problems and injustices in the world, I can no longer just sit around and do nothing. I’ve taken on a more terrier-like attitude. I’ll fight enemies far beyond my size and I WON’T LET GO.
This is the reason I’m also unemployed at the moment.
I’m fighting climate change, BIg Oil, corporate rule, Enbridge, human rights violations, the coal industry, animal cruelty, Steven Harper’s government, faulty education systems, war on women, poverty, and social injustice. Saving the world is huge. I’ve no time for a paying job.
But I’ve got to be responsible and put a roof over our heads and food on our plates. So, the problem is to find a way to save the world and get hero pay. Another conundrum is to choose which issue to latch on to and scrounge a living off of.
I know I could volunteer (which I have) and hopefully get noticed and taken on as payed staff. This is too difficult, however, when I’m not a citizen and don’t speak the local language very well. To make this work, I am going to have to move back to my original home country from a long life and career overseas. This is a major life change –not just for me, but my whole family.
If I’m going to be working, I have to know that I’m helping society, that I’m making a positive difference. For a while, I thought I was doing that with teaching. “Changing the world one class at a time” was my motto. Then I came to the disappointing realization that I was not allowed to do that, but had to train children to be active participants in the free market, to be corporate fodder. I wasn’t allowed to teach children how to be happy, live a good life, and pursue their passions. I had to teach them how to put up with misery, to get a “good” job that will serve to demoralize and undervalue them, but feed the insatiable capitalist appetite.
My assets in confronting this monstrous life decision include:
1. Good organizational, presentation and communication skills (as they come with teaching territory)
2. A supportive family
3. A comprehensive portfolio of axes to grind (or causes to support depending on your perspective)
4. A slightly misguided sense of adventure.
Anyone looking for a highly skilled and motivated idealist?