Have you ever read someone's Facebook status that is about 12 or 13 years old? They do a lot of "Truth is..." statements. Tonight I was thinking about this (I guess because I got a message from Facebook regarding a former student whose status is," Truth is I'm bored.") and wondering what our status's would look like as adults. For instance, tonight I might write, "Truth is I'm exhausted and overwhelmed." I have been spending a lot of time working on our school planner. It is work I like to do...there is a product at the end and a product that most of our students use. This year we are self-producing the entire planner, which is both awesome and totally time consuming. The planner really needed to be at the Print Shop yesterday, but, as you have read, I am still getting it done. Hoping to send it by Thursday and hope and pray for a fast turn-around! So, Truth is I am feeling a bit overwhelmed.
This is the first year in ,I don't remember how long, that I did no work during for school. Now, this is really nice in the sense that I totally unplugged (or mostly unplugged) for the summer and really enjoyed my family, but, on the other hand, I did NO work, which means that I need to get with the program and get the things done that need to be done ASAP.
It is a fine balance as a teacher. I already feel the exhaustion coming on and we haven't even begun our work days. In some ways, this is the hardest part of the school year, trying to put your classroom together, to decide how you want things set up, and what procedures will be put into place. I have all these thoughts going through my mind simultaneously! That "calming my mind" program hasn't really been going well the last week or so.
A little bit, I feel like I am caught up in a whirlwind, trying to catch whatever I can...hoping for a better start (and, frankly, a better run on the year, than we had this last year...) This year has a lot of room for improvement, room for healing, room for personal movement. As much as last year pulled the layers of the onion off...this year, we have to deal with what that means. For some that will be easy, but for others, exposing those inner layers and being vulnerable will be difficult.
So...Truth is...I am hopeful for this year...afer all...we have everywhere up to go!