Big Life Changes

Marriage, new job, moving across state lines.

 

Yeah, it’s all going to change by the end of this year.

 

So, I guess this starts with getting married. Been living alone for quite a few years... and it’s been mostly awesome. Decorating my apartment the way I want, eating whatever I want, the quiet... It’s nice that there’s not constantly a TV running (I grew up with my grandparents, and they neverEVER turned off the tube).

 

My current job as artistic director of a performing arts high school is all about serving everyone constantly. I’m always helping teachers, staff, always working to make students’ visions for art come to life. I love it, but it takes a toll. It’s very hard to come home and work on my own art after working on other people’s art all day.

I guess that’s why I love the quiet so much. I barely ever listen to the radio when I’m in my car (people think I’m weird, but I just need the mental clarity time). Coming back to a quiet home has helped me. It’s like meditation.

 

All this to say, I’m going to have to learn how to not live alone again. My fiancée lives with like 3-4 people depending on the day. She is constantly surrounded by noise. She never eats dinner alone. She is always spending time with family. I’m very much the opposite. It will take me some mental adjustment.

 

So, Cari lives in a different state than me... which is why I’m moving.

I’m moving back home to Southern Illinois, finally. Been awhile. I’m looking forward to it. Missouri is just not my favorite place to be. St. Louis is busy, busy. Road rage, grumpy people on the streets, weirdos... The very first day I moved to STL, my Internet installer ran into my apartment and slammed the door.... Some random guy had attacked him with a coat hanger. I called the cops, and he had been trying to attack cars. I’m not trying to hate on STL, but it’s a rougher place to be. It taxes my brain.

 

Southern Illinois is more my speed. It’s a mix of suburbs and cornfields, shopping malls and cows. When I drive through Illinois, I always forget how peaceful it is. There’s good in bad in every community, but the spacing is bigger in the ‘burbs+rural, so you just don’t see it as often. Plus, it’s home.

 

Third big change is my new job. Yes, I’m leaving my position as artistic director. I have secured a job teaching high school English. Technically, that’s always been my background, so I’m looking forward to using my degree as I originally planned.

 

Starting as Technical Director and then getting promoted to Artistic Director was a great ride. I’ve learned so much, so many new skills, met so many interesting people. I had a lot of fun! It was the most work I’ve ever had to do at a job, but some days were just the best.


I think it will be interesting to go from being the department chair of the fine arts department to the new guy, low dude on the totem pole. I’m looking forward to worrying about my own classroom and not everyone else’s, but there will be many things I miss. I wrote my students a letter of farewell, and so many of them have come up and wished me well (or tell me they are mad I’m leaving them J). It’s been bittersweet.

 

But, starting lots of new things is pretty much my theme in 2022.


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