Who is this Jackcabnory......

London Cab Driver, part-time Singer, micro/macro blogger, runner and primary school teacher in the making.....

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Sunday, 17 October 2010

Time for a change.....

So it seems I haven't written a long form blog post for six months......I have however been prevalent on that other micro blogging world, twitter, so if you been checking back here for news, you will have at least seen the 140 character snap shots of life.

So, where to begin, it's been a very turbulent period since the last posting, moments of doubt at where I was going, what I want to do and who I'd be sharing that journey with.

Life as a self employed cab driver has been a very steep learning curve, from juggling a 3yr intense knowledge period/9-5 day job & young family....thru to the day to day work search and the uncertainty of whether work is there...

That may sound alarming to some, surely cabbies are always on the golf course? Well, yes some may well be, but it's unlikely if they have small children and mortgages etc

I reached a point in the summer where I looked back and thought "what I am doing?" and "why am I doing it?"
I became extremely depressed, and thoughts were both irrational and fantastical......I really worried that I would not be able to find that illusive light in what seemed an awfully dark tunnel.

So after much soul searching, a bit of therapy and the continued love and support of my wonderful wife, I've decide to start the journey to becoming a teacher.

I've chosen to aim for primary school, for a number of reasons :

- there is a drastic shortage (our boys school has only 1 for instance)
- it's a vital first building block of a childs education.
- I really don't thunk I could handle a lippy 14yr old!

So, that's my new resolve, just 3 GSCE's, a higher level education course and a degree and I'll be there! I'm so looking forward to learning and stimulating my grey cells again.

Lastly, I'm going to get stuck into a regular exercise routine, involving running 3 times a week, and doing toning exercises as well, the worry of the past few months has caused weight loss and want to make sure I keep that going but in a much more healthy manner!

7 comments:

Janet E Davis said...

Good luck on that journey!
One of my friends is a male primary school teacher and he has never been short of work. He worked on a secondment to a special needs school for a while some years ago, and found that for many of the boys he taught, he was the first non-violent adult male whom they had encountered.
Male teachers have always been rare creatures in primary schools during my lifetime. I think that our school system would definitely benefit from having more.
I am impressed by your planned exercise routine too! A couple of months ago, I started going to the gym three times a week (most weeks) to build up my strength for last weekend's visit to London. I've had a week off (respiratory infection) but your example encourages me to get back in there tomorrow.

Sue Black said...

Fabulous!!!! Go Lee!!!! You will be a wonderful teacher :))) great news xxx

Dan said...

Well written. I think most of us visit the dark at times in life, and though one wouldn't choose this, its not actually all negative.

Primary education is fundamental and not given the importance it deserves in my opinion. Its where the whole life process outside of family kicks off and therefore crucial. It largely "produces" the future (including lippy 14 year olds!) If you can instil the desire to seek, reason and understand in the young, you'll have done a good job. Good Luck!

Laura said...

Aww, that's excellent news and three great reasons for focusing on younger kids. How exciting! I look forward to reading more about your journey...

jackcabnory said...

Tks a lot

jackcabnory said...

Tks Laura x

Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D. said...

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