I started back up at work on Monday. This year, I don’t know, felt different – in a good way. I don’t know if I was just feeling especially good after having finally gotten the house under control, or that I was feeling particularly rejuvenated after actually getting up with my alarm, having a nice shower, and having time to apply makeup and eat a decent breakfast (while listening to one of my favorite podcasts), for once.
But whatever it was, I just felt, I don’t know… on. Like, on form; sociable, confident, relaxed (or at least as relaxed as I ever get, which, granted, is several notches above baseline for most people). I felt productive, I felt connected to the students and staff, and conversation was fun and fluid, all of which are often challenges for me. I don’t know if it was my resolve to start changing these things about myself, or the scaffolding I put in place to make the mornings (and subsequently, rest of the day) run more smoothly, but whatever it was, it apparently worked. It was a great first few days back.
And I am so, so glad I have a four day weekend, because damned if that shizz didn’t drain all my energy.
But I feel good. I feel like things on the job front have gotten off to a good, fresh start, and I’m happy to return Tuesday to my new assignment, and to resume my vocational duties (one of my favorite parts of my job) later in September. And it leaves me free to divert the energy expended on school prep the last few weeks back to things like creating and maintaining a managable schedule for my hobby time, and for my weight management (both of which fell by the wayside – again – in the last few weeks).
To those of you fellow educators recently returned to work, I hope you likewise had a smooth transition back to the daily grind. To those parents sending their kids back to school after the summer, we are ready for them.
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