Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A New Day



Today is the first day of my new life.  I'm driving as far as Virginia today and have dinner with a friend at Virginia Tech, then I'll drive from there to Albany, New York, on Thursday.  I'll arrive in my new town on Friday and take possession of my new apartment.  The rest of this week is a transition but the new day has begun. 

Since this is a new beginning, I've been doing a lot of thinking about my blog title.  And while I have mulled over a number of suggestions, I've decided that at least for now, it will stay The Closet Professor.  As my friend of mine in marketing would say, it's my brand.  It is what people are familiar with and even though the web address wouldn't change, there would still be some ripple effect in changing it.  I chose The Closet Professor because I was a teacher and I was in the closet, but also because it gave the blog an LGBT qualifier in the name.  The LGBT part of the title is something that has always been very important to me, and I don't want to let that go. Even though I will no longer be teaching (though I'm still hoping I might be able to, at least some) and I will be out, The Closet Professor is a major part of who I am.  It's who I was and part of me will always be.  

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like today, October 7, 2015, is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's.

A new day has begun...

10 comments:

silvereagle said...

"Feeling Good"


Birds flying high
You know how I feel
Sun in the sky
You know how I feel
Reeds driftin' on by
You know how I feel

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Fish in the sea
You know how I feel
River running free
You know how I feel
Blossom in the trees
You know how I feel

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Dragonfly out in the sun
You know what I mean, don't you know
Butterflies are all havin' fun
You know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

Stars when you shine
You know how I feel
Scent of the pine
You know how I feel
Yeah, freedom is mine
And you know how I feel

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me

Oh
Freeer than you
Oh
Feeling good

silvereagle said...

Check out Michael Buble singing the song quoted above....one of his best!!! Safe travels my (our) friend!!!

Susan said...

Dearest Joe: my love, support and heartfelt wishes will be wrapped around you every mile you travel toward your beautiful, new life.

Michael Dodd said...

It is indeed a new day. May you discover each new day as a gift. Not perhaps totally like a box of chocolates, but as someone from Alabama said, you never know what you're going to get. But you, as I am confident, know that you can trust the Giver.

Amanda said...

May your journey and new life bring you all the happiness and fulfillment you deserve. Be safe in your travels and enjoy every step and mile that brings you closer to your new home. ((Hugs))

nikki said...

So thrilled for you!

JiEL said...

Be careful on the road because it's leading you to such a wonderful new life for you.

I'll be also driving back to my home in Montreal after 4 days visiting my relatives in Québec city.
I'll be thinking of you who will be also on the road..

All my best thoughts to you.

Andrew Weiss said...

Does sound like a wonderful new adventure! Isn't what life is supposed to be? Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants to overcome the intertia of life stuck in a rut.

naturgesetz said...

You'll probably need to put a shirt on before you get to Albany. ;)

Best wishes as you begin your new life.

Marsha said...

So excited for you!!