I was substitute teaching the 2018-2019 academic year at a middle school in my hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio. I was still licking my wounds from what I called my "failure". Yes, I was having a major pity party. I "tried" to apply for positions. Yet, compared to the international experiences and exposure of the years I was in the Middle East; the positions "paled". I'd gotten too much experience for academic positions in the United States. At least, this is what I told myself; AND of course, this is exactly what I experienced.