This week has caught me in a slightly pensive and reflective mood.
I still love being a teaching as much as I always did. I adore getting to know the kids, and trying to match my enthusiasms to their interests so that we both benefit from being in the classroom. I think I'm lucky to have chosen Music teaching as my career.
BUT.... I'm not keen on the idea that another 12 months of teaching is going to have another 12 months of 'wear and tear' on me.
IF.... I handle the 5.45 alarm calls; the 70 miles commute; the considerable workload; the additional concert schedule and stress generated by the general staff politics in the same way as last year.... I will just end up in the same place at the end of the year. I was drinking a bit (sometimes a lot) too much wine; far too much coffee and virtually no water. I slept badly and the sleep deprivation made the stresses and stupidity harder to handle. I was too tired to function in the evenings and the cycle just kept on repeating and growing. Standard stuff really.....
ANYWAY...THINGS HAVE GOT TO CHANGE!
SO.... I'm implementing some 'New School Year' Resolutions.
- Exercise every evening - in the form of walking (while the weather is dry and we can get out) and Pilates (when the weather is wet).
- No 'habit drinking' - especially while I'm cooking or continuing through the evening after the meal while I'm watching TV.
- Driving myself whenever possible, so that I can get home a little earlier and start dinner before Mark gets home.
- Doing everything I reasonably can to ensure that I sleep properly when I go to bed. (This may result in a trip to the Docs - but we'll see..). If I slept every hour that I was under the duvet, I'd never be sleep deprived again!
- Working out some of my priorities. I can't remember the last time I went out to be sociable mid-week because I'm become frightened of missing out on sleep.
- Keeping a sense of perspective - after all, 24 years at the chalk face must generate some useful prior experience!!!!!
I hope that the new academic year is going well for everyone.