Relax

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It’s Saturday and I am physically and mentally exhausted! At first I could not figure out why. I had a great week. Plenty of rest. Plenty of play. And even time left over to just do nothing.

But then it hit me.

Educators know what I am talking about.

No matter how prepared we are. No matter how informed we become. No matter how much rest we get the night before. We are never fully ready for what each new day might bring. We all signed on for this and we get it. But student teaching, graduate classes and internships can never quite prepare one for what our days really are like.

In the course of a day educators may be hit or they may be hugged. They may be yelled at or they may be praised. They will experience epic fails and they will make extraordinary breakthroughs. This volatility produces adrenaline rushes like very professions can. But then we must come down. And it is very very difficult. We come home to our families, our friends and our loved ones. And oftentimes we come home a little bit less than we were when we left that morning. We put on a happy face and we grind because that’s what we do.

Like I said earlier. I am tired. It is Saturday afternoon and I haven’t done a thing all day but read, write and relax. So why I am I so damn tired?

It’s the weekend and I don’t want to have make any more decisions. I don’t want any surprises. In his phenomenal book Smartcuts, Shane Snow explains how “having to make lots of tiny decisions depletes one’s subsequent self-control.” He says this is why Steve Jobs always wore Levi 501 bluejeans with black turtleneck sweaters and why President Obama only wears gray and blue suits. It meant that there was one less thing for these gentlemen to have to think about.

But here’s the thing. Educators don’t just make “tiny decisions” during the course of a day. They are also charged with making huge decisions that influence and impact more than just themselves. Maybe that is why I am so tired. Maybe this is why we are so tired.

Don’t get me wrong.

This is not a woe is me tale.

We got this!

These are just the random musings of an tired educator on a lazy Saturday. I think what I want readers to come with is that it’s okay to be tired. It’s okay to just sit back and relax and do nothing. What we do is difficult and what we do is exhausting. And what we do will be there on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend.

Turn it down a notch.

Heck, turn it down several notches.

And allow yourself to recover.

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One comment

Jon, outstanding thoughts here, thank you for sharing. It is so true; rarely do we actually take time to sit still as educators but it is so important. We need the recharge!

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