I don't know how you do it!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
You folks who aren't retired.
I don't know how you have oomph to exercise on work days.
I've been called in to work every day this week, and boy! does that wear me out.
And it's not a tough assignment: Teacher On Call for the secondary grades science teacher. Five good classes a day, nice kids, well-prepped lessons, beautiful classroom, upbeat school.
So what's the deal? Well, I think it's this: when a guy spends most of his day pleasing only himself and not having to make significant allowances for others' feelings or needs, being "on" for 6 hours straight is draining.
I once read, when I was teaching full-time, that next to Air-Traffic Controlling, teaching was the most constantly stressing job simply because a teacher, like an air-traffic controller, makes myriad snap decisions involving other people all day long, with essentially no control over the outcome of those decisions. Made sense to me then and it still makes sense. Being in a situation where having a certain amount of control is essential but in essence having no control has got to be stressful.
In any event, what this is all leading up to is a mea culpa. I'm too drained after work to exercise, and needing all the sleep I can get to do it all again the next day means I can't get up early enough in the morning to exercise before work.
So, really, I don't know how you folks who work every day can also exercise every day. Kudos! I know I *used* to do it, pre-retirement, but not any more : )
The up-side for me is, I don't *have* to go in to work if I don't want to, so when this week is done, I'll book off for a while and have all the time in the world to exercise when and as I see fit : ) *And* I'll get the nice boost of a hefty paycheque come the end of the month! Life is good.