I was looking at Linkedin and thinking about my former colleagues in the UK yesterday, and I started feeling what I can only describe as slightly guilty on a number of fronts. Guilty that I was not pushing myself in quite the same way that i was in the UK, and guilty that i had left all the teachers and leaders behind to pick up the slack and continue to teach the students that were so in need of our help, and whose backgrounds and behaviour could be equally horrible at times. I agree with those on the forum who have railed against martyrdom in the teaching profession, and the idea that teaching is a vocation for which one needs to be prepared to give up free time and financial gain for the "benefit of the kids". I have been vastly happier since leaving the UK, and find myself in a financially rewarding situation that gives me ample time to prepare what I need, in order to teach pleasant and respectful students. I still work hard, but 7-5 hard, rather than 7-7 with an hour commute on each end and more work on Sunday hard. This feeling of slight guilt would also not make sense in many other careers, where people will work towards higher salaries and better quality of life given the choice. However, when you think about careers where you provide valuable services for vulnerable people, such as medicine, social care, psychiatry, law, there is definitely a divide between those that work to get the big bucks with more wealthy patrons, and those that stay on lower wages to try and help those most in need. Teaching is still just a job, and people can view their connection to that job in any way they wish. I was just wondering whether this feeling had ever crept up on anyone else?