As a whole, teachers tend to take on more than they can manage at all possible times. At least new teachers. I know personally, my obsessive nature to conquer as many mountains as I can manage has lead to both success and failures in my life. Smultaneously climbing mountains of work and running out of energy and time is literally the story of my life. From a small age, I remember trying to squeeze out the most of my days. Some would say I'm an over achiever. I would say that isn't a bad thing. However, I had an epiphany tonight as I attempted to cap off a 12 hour workday with cooking 9 packages of bacon for a fundraiser tomorrow. I am nearing my fifth year of vegetarianism and have never been more certain that I wish to keep it that way. Whist fanning the smoke detector after package three was cooking so close to a mental breakdown, it hit me: I don't HAVE to do this. I CAN do it tomorrow. There are no efficiency police coming to arrest me if I don't cook all this bacon. So, after getting multiple burns and getting bacon grease in my hair, I turned off the stove and began to triumphantly clean up. Tomorrow. I can do all of this tomorrow.
Sometimes there are gifts in this world. Tonight, I had one of those gifts. A friend. To laugh and get through some work done. Life is a conundrum of pleasantries and distresses. It is our trial in life to find pleasantries in time of tribulation.
Mrs. Katherine (Kate) Weber