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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.
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  • AELARLEE1
    I think the only thing that gets me up in the morning is knowing what happens when I don't :) Even though I have a draining job, teaching even in a good situation is draining. You are doing great!

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    2120 days ago
  • LINDAMARIEZ1
    I know you can do it Ken! You are a super guy!
    2123 days ago
  • NWFL59
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  • HEYNOW22
    Teaching is such an under appreciate position in addition to being stressful. Thank you for helping to shape the minds of the young : )
    2124 days ago
  • ALDEBARANIAN
    Of course, there's the fact that those folks who aren't retired are younger.

    Thanks for doing such a good job with the youngsters. They need good teachers and role models. Enjoy every penny of that paycheck. You earned it.
    2124 days ago
  • LOSENIT66
    There's so much pressure to mold those young minds! Good for you for going back at it for a week.
    2124 days ago
  • RUSSELL1960
    I've had a hectic week. Last night I dashed off to the gym after an evening meeting because I couldn't get there in the late afternoon like I normally do. Got there at 9:15 PM and had 45 minutes to work out before they closed. I would have prefered an hour but at least I got there in the nick of time to do the basics. I didn't get as much sleep as I would have liked last night. It is more challenging when work demands more of our time. I was glad I had the focus however to grab that little window of opportunity before it slipped away from me.
    2124 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/24/2013 8:09:10 AM
  • PAULOBRY
    Hey Ken,
    I think the answer is that I lot of don't exercise after work. I am always envious of those who do stay committed to regular exercise despite meeting the needs of employment, family and friends.

    However, my takeaway from your blog was much different. I focused in on this one sentence:

    "Five good classes a day, nice kids, well-prepped lessons, beautiful classroom, upbeat school."

    I think about how hard it is to be a teacher in today's world. Your view (e.g. a more "experienced", HaHa, teacher) with such a positive observation made my day.

    2124 days ago
  • SNAFUKEN
    It will get better with time. emoticon
    2125 days ago
  • GODS_TEMPLE
    I've often wondered the same thing. I don't think I could Spark if I had a job to go to every day. I just don't have that kind of energy...
    2125 days ago
  • INTHEGAP
    First off, thank you, for doing one of the most important, underpaid jobs in the country. emoticon

    I totally understand what you're talking about ~ I, often, wonder that myself. I look at younger people (single parents especially) who have kids and a job and still cook dinner and blog and exercise and work their SP program ~ and it boggles my brain. I 'guess' I used to do some of this, too ~ but I sure don't understand how. Thank God for retirement. emoticon
    2125 days ago
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