Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Okay with less than 100%

There is a lot of talk about educators as superhero's, champions, and fixer of all things.  I think the idea that we are wonderful, dedicated, passionate people is wonderful and needed as our profession is so hard.  We also don't need this undo pressure and standard that is impossible to uphold. 

Personally I don't want to be a superhero, champion of children, or fixer of all things.  That is a lot of pressure.  I want to be known as a person that comes to work every day with my 100% best that I can provide that day.  If I am sick, that 100% may appear less, if I am tired, that 100% may appear less, if I am stressed with other things, that 100% may appear less.  If I am simply in a funk, that 100% may appear less.  A funk as I define it is a feeling of being "off" without a dedicated known reason.   

I want to have more healthy, wide awake, and stress free 100% days than not.  I have control over much of this and some I don't.  I need to be okay with the idea that I left my cape at home on certain days.  I need to be okay, that some things actually bother me.  I need to be okay that I will disagree with others and others will disagree with me.  I need to be okay that there will be days when everyone is finally home, I feel like I lost. 

If I can't be okay with less than 100% or feeling like I lost, then I will never really appreciate when I feel 100% or feel like I win.  I want my wins and my true 100% days to be my drive and motivation.  I won't be able to do that if I can't accept reality and undo pressure we put on each other and ourselves.     

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