Before I became a teacher, I remember former teachers asking me, “Why would you want to be a teacher?” Or teachers flat out telling me, “Teaching isn’t fun anymore. Don’t do it.” Seriously. I heard these things all the time. It was disheartening. I felt like teaching was my calling. People should be congratulating me, and cheering me on for finding my passion, right? I guess when people told me not to be a teacher, it lit a fire within me, and I wanted to prove to them why I KNEW teaching was what I was meant to do. I hope most future teachers don’t hear these things, but I fear it is more common than not. I want to tell you why, if teaching is your passion, you should never give up.