You are not flawed. If you are a good teacher, you are priceless. Please do not feel that your value can be measured by money alone. Once, my brother-in-law, who was a corporate sales rep for a major soda company, made more in one bonus check than I claimed on my taxes that same year. He hates his job and I love mine. I wouldn't trade places with him in a heart beat. If you are good at what you do, love the kids you work with, and recognize your value; you'll find a way to make ends meet and be happy. If you can't reconcile the job you are doing with the money you make, leave the profession and find something that will give you more satisfaction. No job is worth selling yourself short, and no child deserves a teacher who does not truly want to be teaching.
But unemployment benefits won't last forever.
My husband would LOVE to have a teaching job, and is collecting unemployment benefits. At 55 he wonders if he will ever get that chance. For the last 25 years he has worked a loading dock. Sad, because he is great with kids. The job he had was a company that has no retirement, or benefits now. He will have to find work somewhere for the rest of his life, as we have nothing for the latter years.
Count your blessings.
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