After a series of ditch digging jobs and working in hotels as a bellhop for 15 years I decided to change my life and do something worthwhile. So I went back to college at age 35, got my bachelors degree and became a teacher. I made my family/friends proud of me because in high school I was voted "least likely to succeed." (That label was damaging to my self-esteem but drove me to do something with my life) In 2007 I started out as a substitute teacher. Then in 2009 I became a full-time teacher. I finally made something of myself! After two years of being a full-time teacher my passion for teaching went out like a flame. Public school teaching was very stressful and I started to lose my health. I realized teaching was not a good fit either. Anyway, as luck would have it I was laid off. I felt relieved---no more long days in my classroom, no more disciplinary issues, no more grading papers at home, no more parent calls, and no more detention slips. The stress disappeared. I regained my health and started to feel good again. It took me over a year to recover from teaching. I decided to build a "lifestyle" and not a career. So I went back to substitute teaching(taking a step down) and got a job in sales part-time. When I see my former colleagues they say to me...."Steve you are NOT a substitute, you are a teacher! Go back to full-time teaching." I tell them--"no, its too much of a grind and do not want the stress of full-time teaching again." I do feel like I am overqualified as a substitute. That's the hardest part to swallow, as if I am not living up to my potential. I am at a cross-roads and thinking of quitting subbing altogether since I am going nowhere in life and do not plan on going back to full-time teaching. Do teachers demote themselves to being substitutes? Subbing is too easy---but I like the lifestyle. I dislike full-time teaching because of the routine. I dislike seeing the same faces everyday. I dislike meetings. I dislike the huge amount of responsibility. Teaching takes too much of my personal time. However, as a substitute I enjoy the variety, meeting different students every day, love the independence and flexibility. I enjoy leaving at the end of the day and saying "goodbye" to the administrators. I can go home and workout in the gym or go hiking with my dog at 3pm--not staying until 6pm grading papers. The only thing that sucks is the very low pay. I am self-loathing and depressed that I am not doing better in life and know I should be doing better. I wish there was a career that gave me the flexibility, independence, and lifestyle were I could be a free-agent with the benefits and salary. Does a job exist? Flight attendant? Sales? Any helpful ideas on a new career?