In December 2020 I began substitute teaching.
It is my first job in 9 years, and I am loving it!
I love the flexibility and how well it fits all our schedules.
I love getting to know all the kids and helping the teachers.
But if I am being honest, what I loved the most at the start was the paycheck. One with my name on it.
I had so many plans for those first couple checks. So many items that had been on wishlists for years.
I was going to storm into IKEA and leave with a carload of white particle board organizers. My space would look “pretty.”
Then something curious happened.
A few paychecks in, I realized I had bought zero of those items. I had not stormed into IKEA.
I could finally have some of those things, but I didn’t want them anymore.
The desire only existed when I couldn’t have them.
Like when I finally let my kids have a soda or candy…the joy and taste never lasts as long as they imagine. It was more fun to dream about it.
So instead I found myself using my checks for healthy foods, experiences, bills, and savings.
I realized I wanted my hard work to fund important things.
And it turns out most of the things I desired weren’t important.