Telling the Boss
I’m excited. I’ve been refining gear, pouring over maps, planning out potential stops and maildrops, BUT telling the boss or the school board in my case is hanging out there. I don’t want to do it. Not at all.
I’ve been a teacher and a principal/superintendent in the same small rural school district for 21 years. It’s going to be tough telling those school board members, “I’m resigning at the end of the school year.” School superintendents don’t resign to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail; they resign to move up to a larger or more affluent school district.
My personal qualities of loyalty, perseverance, and determination have served me well as I struggled through the ups and downs of leading a school district. Getting up and grinding through the next day is a given. It’s just what you have to do.
It is time to tell the board. I’m at a trail crossing in my life. My path is too sedentary, too stressful, too consuming. I don’t desire to kill myself with my current job, so it’s time to get out and clear my head.
It’s time to spend my days walking and being consumed thinking about what I’m going to eat and where I’m going to sleep. Time to stand in the sun, the wind, and the rain and wonder at the glory.
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