23 April 2016

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Have you ever wanted something really badly, but it just didn't work out the way you wanted? Recently they added a new elementary school, basically behind my subdivision.  My youngest daughter and the rest of the neighborhood kiddos had to switch to the new school last year.  They did not take any new hires last year and I was really hoping to transfer this upcoming year, so I could: 

1.  Be at the same school with my kid.
2.  Be at my neighborhood school.   
3.  Not stress trying to put my kids on the bus in the morning and then drive to work.  Which I need to add is only about 10 miles down the road, but with traffic it takes forever.

Sounds ideal right?  Who wouldn’t want that?

Well, I found out it is not going to happen.  It did not work out for me and I was so disappointed.   Even when you have been teaching for 16 years, you can still get personal disappointments in your career.   But as I was driving to work the other morning, feeling totally sorry for myself.  And I need to add that I was feeling pitifully sorry for myself {I want you to have a clear picture :))}!  The kind of sorry for yourself, where all you want to do is sit down and squall like a big baby – you know what I am talking about right?  At least I hope I am not the only one that has this occasional emotional moment.  It was at this exact moment of feeling pitifully sorry for myself, The Rolling Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” came on the radio.  I am convinced the good Lord above was telling me something at that exact moment.  I know what your thinking ... really, it was a Rolling Stones song.   But let's face it, who doesn't love a good Rolling Stones song every once in a while.  As I was driving it really started to make me think,  “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find you will get what you need”.   I stopped and thought about this for a second.   I have everything I need!   I am not unhappy at my current school.   As a matter of fact I:  

1.   Work with the best team and love them all dearly! Many of them are very close friends.  
2.   I have an awesome principle and staff.
3.   My class this year was really an awesome group of kids.  
4.   My school is a great place to work. 

As adults and teachers we are so good at telling kids, “you can’t always get what you want”,  but why is it so hard for an adult to hear the exact same words.   Disappointment is hard to take at any age.  I am writing this for any of my readers who have had something they really wanted , but it didn’t pan out the way you wanted or expected.  Disappointments happen to everyone and at every age.  It is a part of life.   So, I decided instead of feeling pitifully sorry for myself, I am going to dust myself off, pull on my big girl britches, and be happy with what I have.  Because guess what?  It is exactly what I NEED.  If the other transfer ever does come my way, then it will be what I NEED at that time.  Remember Mick Jagger said it best, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need”!

I will leave you with this version of, "You Can't Always Get What You Want"!

I hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!


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