”What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what gets you out of bed in the mornings, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you. fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” -Pedro Arrupe
This time last year I was preparing for finals, packing up my apartment in Chicago, and having way too much fun in my last days as a college student. Some days I really can’t believe how different life is now. The above quote is a perfect quote about my life right now. I don’t know if I’d quite say I’m in love with my job. But, I am in love with giving amazing hard-working individuals a second chance at an education. My job also breaks my heart on a pretty regular basis. Some of my students go through tragic event after tragic event, and yet they are still going. It breaks my heart to see them go through so much sorrow, but yet it’s so hopeful to see their resiliency. It’s a really hard thing to hear so many heart breaking stories every day. At point do you become numb to it– or is it worse to become numb to it? Hearing these stories still gets to me. I feel like all my patience and emotions get used up at work, and by the time I’m home I can’t handle anything extra that’s emotional. I can only imagine that my friends would say I’m not as much fun to be around… when did I become old, emotionally drained, and exhausted?