I am about to leave a well paid, secure but rather dull management post to do a secondary PGCE. I feel that you only have one life and I can't stay where I am just for the money and security. Most days I am literally counting down the hours until I can go home, sitting in tedious meetings, but I earn enough to help provide my family with a nice standard of living. I have been interested in teaching for a while now though, because I think it would suit my strengths and I want to help children learn and pass on my enthusiasm for my subject (English). Finally I decided to follow where I thought my heart was leading me, and I took the plunge to apply for a PGCE. Now though, I am fast approaching the point when i have to hand in my notice ready to start the PGCE in September, and reading some of the many posts in the forums from exhausted, stressed and disillusioned teachers makes me wonder if I am about to make a huge mistake? I want to be a teacher because I want to do something I think I would find fulfilling and challenging, and I am not afraid of hard work. However, i don't want to be constantly stressed and worn down by behaviour issues and having to work every evening and all day Sunday.... Is this most people's reality, or are plenty of teachers out there still really enjoying what they do? I know that every job has its bad days, but I would love to hear from those who generally love their job, to reassure myself that I don't have a totally idealistic view of what a teaching career could be, and to give me the positive perspective as well as the negative. Thanks in advance!