I stepped out of retirement this year to do two things.....continue working with kids and have fun at it! I have tried to remember not to overdo but enjoy having my freedom to do what I want.
I haven't worked much, usually two or three times a month. However, this month I recently subbed 5 days for a former coworker of mine. And a day and a half sub training. I told myself "I can do this!"
When it came to the 6th day of subbing, I had to say no.
Well.....I did until last Wed. and my back was sore & my legs over-tired (even with compression socks). I found myself eating out & snacking more than usual. All my good intentions went out the window as I think my body "talked" louder than my mind.
I missed going to Curves all last week but kept thinking short walks would be good enough I was so exhausted.
Looking back, I can see where my ego loved the idea of being in a building where I had previously worked for four years. The students I knew and who knew me didn't waste any time coming up and giving me a hug or a high-5. Boy did it make me feel welcome!
But what could I realistically expect? That I could work and work and work and ignore my usual routine? Skip workouts and not gain weight? Get so exhausted knowing that a good-nights sleep is only part of returning to normal?
Looking back today, I can realistically expect to work 3/4 days in a row at the most if asked. I can realistically expect that subbing once a week is better for my routine. However, being a sub on call is not something that's been easy to plan. There are few days where there is no request but for the most part, a person could work alot. People in schools like to ask a person to come back; therefore, you never know when that 6am call will come through.
Then why did I decided to do this? Well, for one thing, I have stayed up on all the trainings prior to retirement so working feels fresh in my mind. It's easy for me to do. The application process was pretty easy as I understand the dynamics and policies of a school district. I continue to want to "make a difference." And where else could I do that without a long commute, evenings, or weekends? I did that for 20 years in my first career.
I love the kids! And I want to be part of the teaching process for as long as I can.