My colleague is retiring this year after 30 years teaching. She has so many incredible stories and has touched so many lives. I will miss her, but I think it's good for her to be going. Being an educator has kind of destroyed her mentally and physically. She says it was mostly the last 10 years that have been hardest. Is it realistic to think we can do 30 years, anymore? There are plenty of threads talking about how insane this job is. I'm a little old-fashioned wanting to work somewhere forever, but so many of my friends have changed careers entirely in the past 10 years. Almost all of my teaching friends have changed schools one or more times, some even leaving education all together. I'm already on my 3rd school in 6 years. Dare I say that this field isn't even stable?