I "gave away" my band director/teaching career as a result of my drinking and drug use. I could've probably stuck with it, but I copped out, felt like I had betrayed my profession by teaching while high there at the end. So, I blew it all off and went another way. I lost all contact with my close-knit network of friends, fellow musicians and teachers.
This week is a long overdue return to the profession sober. It's as if part of me is slowly being reconnected, restored if you will. I am doing what I was meant to do. I don't think a career in teaching is the answer, going forward. However, I'm teaching now, and will continue to do so as long as they will have me and I can work it into my schedule.
I feel really alive and "part of the stream of life" this week! For me, teaching and working with kids is a spiritual experience.