Today, one of the little girls I nanny, Kameron, asked me, “Why don’t you work as much as mommy?”. After having a good laugh, I responded with, “I do. Probably the same amount”. She then asked me where I worked and what I did all day, all while sitting in my classroom after my students left for the day. At first, I was taken back. Do people really think I don’t work? However, the more I thought about what she said, the more reassured I became: I am doing the right thing with my life.
I have always believed if you have a job you truly love, you’ll never work another day in your life. While that might not be true for all of my jobs, it is for most. I love what I am doing. How many people get to say they wake up every morning to play with kids. When my kids enter the classroom in the morning with arms open wide, I know I am in the right place. When I see their smiling faces light up after I tell them how well they wrote their name, there’s no place i’d rather be. It really is the little things that make such a big impact on my day.
So maybe it doesn’t look like I am working, who cares. I truly think I am making a difference in their lives, even if it’s just for a short period of time.