How Do I Find My Passion?

We just celebrated one month of living out of our backpacks, sleeping in beds that are not our own, eating food that other people have prepared in kitchens I never want to see inside.  rockin around on Brazilian buses, boats, and taxis. And we’re surviving! It has been an incredible month, and we get to discover new things every day.

We have just under two weeks left in this country and continue to fill our repetoire with unbelievable experiences.  We left Morro de Sao Paulo and arrived in Barre Grande yesterday (on recommendation from our great hostel owner in Buzios).  It is a totally secluded peninsula with white sand beaches as far as you can see.  Only a few restaurants are open along the tiny streets in the middle of the jungle.

There are NO tourists.  Give this place another ten years and it will be as full of gringos as the place we just came from.  So, I’m thankful that we’re getting more of a Brazilian experience here.  I got to swim at an empty beach today.  And when I say empty, I mean exactly that: zero people around.  Only us, a little palm tree hut we used for shade, and the ocean.  We basked in the beautiful sunlight all day and found a little raft to jump off of in the water (that we assumed fishermen use at some point).  We seriously didn’t see another soul except for one speed boat that pulled up to shore for five minutes.  I felt like I was on the set of Survivor.

We will defintitely be here for a few days, enjoying the peace and quiet, without our luxury of Wi-Fi that we’ve had since the beginning of the trip.
Today was alittle surprise for me (I must admit that I was a bit skeptical when we first arrived and I saw all the closed shops, and the unfinished buildings and no people around).

But I’ve actually found another surprise with all this time of staring off into the ocean, the palm trees, and the clouds. You see, when you’re in this environment, you think that it’s the perfect time to think: to reflect on life witha journal in hand in which to pour out fabulous ideas.

Well, I’ve been struggling with finding my passion since my early days in Korea: Do I want to pursue a career in the world of theatre or teaching?

So, of course, I assumed my beach days would hand me the answers.

Well, that hasn’t happened, and I am coming to the understanding that it doesn’t happen that way (except, perhaps, for the characters on Survivor who seem to dictate to the camera all the life plans they manage to figure out while living in the middle of nowhere for a month).

But I’m coming to terms with this.  And my two days spent in Salvador pushed me a little more to this acceptance.

Revelations come as a surprise. At an unexpected, unplanned time (when you don’t have your journal and pen handy).

A particular surprise revelation of mine came as I was walking back to the hostel after a delicious dinner, dessert, and free caparinhas with Edwin and an English chick we met.

Throughout the evening we were discussing our pre-traveling lives, so of course the conversation quickly turned to the world of ESL teaching. I began answering all the gal’s questions and explained how awesome teaching is, how I really enjoyed my time in Korea, how I totally recommend the CELTA course to interested new teachers.

This conversation, my energy that went with it, and the fact that I now answer anyone’s “What do you do?” question with “I’m an English teacher” led to my discovery that I do, indeed, love teaching.  I feel connected to the classroom, to sharing knowledge, and to helping students with the difficult task of language learning.

Of course, I will always have a place for theatre in my life, and who knows, perhaps I’ll even start another theatre company, but I realize that my passion for teaching is growing, and I get to use theatre with students everyday.
I realize that teaching English will allow me to direct a classroom with my own theatrics, as well as keep traveling and meeting new people. I’ve even started looking up possible teaching jobs in Europe for the future.

For now, I’m just going to enjoy the beach, the sun, the sand, and let the surprises come when they’re ready.

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How Do I Find My Passion?

We just celebrated one month of living out of our backpacks, sleeping in beds that are not our own, eating food that other people have prepared in kitchens I never want to see inside.  rockin around on Brazilian buses, boats, and taxis. And we’re surviving! It has been an incredible month, and we get to discover new things every day.

We have just under two weeks left in this country and continue to fill our repetoire with unbelievable experiences.  We left Morro de Sao Paulo and arrived in Barre Grande yesterday (on recommendation from our great hostel owner in Buzios).  It is a totally secluded peninsula with white sand beaches as far as you can see.  Only a few restaurants are open along the tiny streets in the middle of the jungle.

There are NO tourists.  Give this place another ten years and it will be as full of gringos as the place we just came from.  So, I’m thankful that we’re getting more of a Brazilian experience here.  I got to swim at an empty beach today.  And when I say empty, I mean exactly that: zero people around.  Only us, a little palm tree hut we used for shade, and the ocean.  We basked in the beautiful sunlight all day and found a little raft to jump off of in the water (that we assumed fishermen use at some point).  We seriously didn’t see another soul except for one speed boat that pulled up to shore for five minutes.  I felt like I was on the set of Survivor.

We will defintitely be here for a few days, enjoying the peace and quiet, without our luxury of Wi-Fi that we’ve had since the beginning of the trip.
Today was alittle surprise for me (I must admit that I was a bit skeptical when we first arrived and I saw all the closed shops, and the unfinished buildings and no people around).

But I’ve actually found another surprise with all this time of staring off into the ocean, the palm trees, and the clouds. You see, when you’re in this environment, you think that it’s the perfect time to think: to reflect on life witha journal in hand in which to pour out fabulous ideas.

Well, I’ve been struggling with finding my passion since my early days in Korea: Do I want to pursue a career in the world of theatre or teaching?

So, of course, I assumed my beach days would hand me the answers.

Well, that hasn’t happened, and I am coming to the understanding that it doesn’t happen that way (except, perhaps, for the characters on Survivor who seem to dictate to the camera all the life plans they manage to figure out while living in the middle of nowhere for a month).

But I’m coming to terms with this.  And my two days spent in Salvador pushed me a little more to this acceptance.

Revelations come as a surprise. At an unexpected, unplanned time (when you don’t have your journal and pen handy).

A particular surprise revelation of mine came as I was walking back to the hostel after a delicious dinner, dessert, and free caparinhas with Edwin and an English chick we met.

Throughout the evening we were discussing our pre-traveling lives, so of course the conversation quickly turned to the world of ESL teaching. I began answering all the gal’s questions and explained how awesome teaching is, how I really enjoyed my time in Korea, how I totally recommend the CELTA course to interested new teachers.

This conversation, my energy that went with it, and the fact that I now answer anyone’s “What do you do?” question with “I’m an English teacher” led to my discovery that I do, indeed, love teaching.  I feel connected to the classroom, to sharing knowledge, and to helping students with the difficult task of language learning.

Of course, I will always have a place for theatre in my life, and who knows, perhaps I’ll even start another theatre company, but I realize that my passion for teaching is growing, and I get to use theatre with students everyday.
I realize that teaching English will allow me to direct a classroom with my own theatrics, as well as keep traveling and meeting new people. I’ve even started looking up possible teaching jobs in Europe for the future.

For now, I’m just going to enjoy the beach, the sun, the sand, and let the surprises come when they’re ready.

2 Responses to How Do I Find My Passion?
  1. Job Searching | Kristin's Backpack
    May 23, 2011 | 8:49 am

    […] I mentioned in an earlier post, I´ve discovered that teaching ESL is a direction I definitely want to pursue. I continue to talk […]

  2. The Search is On | Kristin's Backpack
    May 23, 2011 | 8:51 am

    […] I mentioned in an earlier post, I´ve discovered that teaching ESL is a direction I definitely want to pursue. I continue to talk […]

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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