I now drive 50 minutes (one way) each day to teach. The drive gives me time to think and reflect. I am reflecting that an hour commute is tedious, onerous, and overwhelming…
At the end of last year I was handed a piece of paper that in effect moved me 45 minutes from my home to the opposite end of a neighboring parish. The paper was handed to me with the directions “sign or be fired.” I signed. No mention was made of negotiation or hardship. The only directive “sign or be fired.”
Five minutes after I received that piece of paper, I was handed a job opportunity at a neighboring district. The distance was going to be comparable. I took a job at a neighboring parish that is 5 minutes further away from my residence. I make more money and work four days a week.
The drive to move on was strong. The drive to continue was strong. The drive (in context) really is not that bad at all.