As a teacher, my life September to June is one big crazy schedule. Keeping up with my two teenagers, having a husband who commutes to a job that requires him to have his cellphone on 24/7 (and is often called on evenings and weekends), and trying to give my all to my students and their families leaves me emotionally and physically spent by the end of the school year. I NEED my summer break to be able to start it all again in September!
As I begin my summer ritual of renewal, it affords me time to think…time to process…time to recharge. There is something to be said for just listening…to the birds…to the breeze…to lapping water…when all else is silent. There is time to be thankful for blessings, time to look forward and plan for a new year, time to release the frustration of what is out of my control. I make more time to be with my family and connect with them as much as possible. I cherish our family vacations where we can get away from everyone and everything and just hang out together having fun. And hopefully, there is time to just sit in the sunshine and soak up my surroundings, as that, for me, is healing.
For so many of us, our professional lives are spent being “on”, whether in front of our students, their parents, or our colleagues. It is my hope that we each have enough time “off” to really rejuvenate so that we have the energy to give our best to our own families and our students. They all deserve it!