18 Mar Slice of Life: Making a Life #SOL18
I walked around the classroom listening to students discuss the books they were reading, I spied this quote hanging on the wall:
Never get so busy making a living you forget to make a life.
I had to have these words. I had to write them down. I knew they were speaking to me.
In our profession, I think it is so easy to lose sight of these words. When you love what you do and what you do is so meaningful, it can become your life. I could work twenty-four seven and feel completely fulfilled. There is so much I want to learn, so many books to read, and only so many hours in the day.
It is important to recognize, however, that work is not our life. We need to make space for ourselves – our interests, passions, and people outside of the classroom. This space is what fuels us and sustains us. Tammy and I made a decision a few years back not to blog on the weekends (March challenge aside). We also try not to email for work or plan social media events on the weekend. We want to honor the importance of taking a break. We want to send a message that being present in your personal life is ok.
For us, it often makes sense to sneak in a few work hours early in the morning on weekends to ease our workload during the week. Other times we have a project that needs a big chunk of time and the weekend makes the most sense to get it done. I am not suggesting we shouldn’t work at night or on weekends. I am suggesting we should plan our time to not work as much as we plan out time to work. “Don’t work” should be on the to-do list!
I hope you find time to live your life today.
Thank you to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny for creating this community and providing this space for teachers and others to share their stories every day in March and on Tuesdays throughout the year.