You try to do it all. Be the best teacher. The best wife. The best mom. The best blogger. The best daughter. The best sister. The best friend. The best everything. You wear lots of capes, and spend your day trying to be a super hero that possesses many different super powers. But it's hard. Really hard.
Your morning starts at 5:00am If you want to try to get a workout in, then your alarm has to go off by 4:15am. You've got to get yourself ready as fast as you can before you wake up your kids. Then, it's time to get your kids up and dressed and out the door by 6:15am, because you really can't be late for work again. Oh how nice it would be to be able to fly! Your baby just really wants to spend some time with her mommy, and the mommy guilt is high when you have to leave her with the babysitter and hear her calling your name as you turn around and walk out the door. Enter teary eyes and a makeup refresher. You'd give anything to be able to be in two places at once today.
As soon as you walk into school your teacher cape is back on and it's reading conferences, and guided math, and lesson plans. You've got to make sure your lessons are differentiated and your students stay engaged. And then there is the calendar that you completely forgot to send home yesterday. And the teacher guilt sets in when you know you need to pull your student to work on RTI data, but you just need a minute to sit down- alone. And then there is the little girl that you just can't get out of your mind. Sometimes you wish you could just take her home.
You can't believe it, but it's already 4:00 and you've got to go pick up your own babies. They've had a great day, but they've really missed you. On the way home make sure to call your mom and your best friend to catch up. Then, it's time to cook dinner, but make sure it's healthy and clean. A boxed dinner just won't do.
When you finally kiss your kids good night and read them a bedtime story, it's time to clean up the house, do the dishes, and make lunches for the next day. Don't you wish you had a magic wand and could get it all done with the turn of your hand!?
Then, you better catch up on the blog post that's been in the back of your mind and finish that measurment unit you started weeks ago to use in your classroom and post on Teachers Pay Teachers. That little cha-ching is really needed right now, especially since it's almost the end of the month and your childcare bill is pretty much another mortgage payment.
Then it's finally time to crawl in bed and you finally get to have a conversation with your husband. The one that stands by your side, no matter what. He's your biggest cheerleader and you wish you could give him more of your time-he really deserves it. Time to plan a date night!
All these capes we wear can really wear us out. And while we try our best to be super heroes, the fact is, we aren't. We're humans that are just trying to do the best we can.
Sometimes it's important to take a step back. And relax. Really relax. Not just take a few hours off for yourself. But, really relax and enjoy what is important in life.
This past week I was lucky enough to go on a fabulous vacation with my family. I'll admit, I did bring my computer but I only opened it once- to order my daughter a dress for Halloween.
No school work. No blog posts. No creating math units or cute crafts with matching writing prompts. No lesson plans. Nothing. I wasn't trying to be in two places at once, or read someone's mind, or fly. I was able to just be myself with the people I love the most!
I focused on myself and my family. Those sweet smiles and cute cuddles were just what I needed to recharge all my capes. I made memories that will last a lifetime. I got to experience Disney with my children. I watched my son go down a water slide for the first time. I went to the spa with my sister. I woke up to my daughter calling my name and not an annoying alarm clock. I got to play card games with my dad. I went shopping with my mom in the nation's oldest city. I really enjoyed life.
I dare you to to take some time to yourself and enjoy the people around you that you love the most. Soak up the smiles and live in the laughter. Even if it's just a weekend spent at home. Don't open your computer and just relax!