I used to be a teacher. I’m not anymore. After 5 years, I’m ready for something new and something that doesn’t consume your life quite as much as teaching. I know it’s cliche, but unless you’ve been a teacher, you really don’t understand how much of your life is dedicated to the job. Even when I was student teaching in college, I didn’t fully understand. Teaching is very rewarding and there’s a lot I will miss about the classroom, but I am happy to have my life back.
One thing in particular that I’ve noticed is how much more energy I have. I am still working (just not at a school) and have put in several long days. However, when I get home I’m not completely exhausted. I’m a little tired, but I still want to do…stuff. When I was teaching, it was like this on weekends:
I miss my teacher friends and my kiddos. I miss hearing their funny quips each day. But I don’t miss the physical, mental, and emotional drainage that teaching takes on you. So to all the teachers out there, you are awesome. You are selfless. You are stronger than me. I admire you. True rock stars. I’m hoping to spread the love and encouragement you deserve throughout this year (and coming years). That’s one reason I loved Jerodelle’s Romy Project. Check it out if you know teachers need the love.
That’s my thought for this Thursday. I’m going to enjoy my tiredness (not exhaustion) today.