As summer comes to a close and routine and schedules are peering around the corner, happiness is not all lost. If we can only be happy in the summer because there is free time, no pressure or deadlines, an abundance of fresh air and sunshine, well then life isn’t really worth it, is it? To only find joy in 2 quickly passing months of the year? When September rolls around, bringing with it new challenges and changes, my body tenses up and my anxiety rears it’s ugly head. I procrastinate even the task of thinking about school because I’m scared of changes and unsure of what to do. I don’t like this about myself but not liking a trait isn’t enough to change. Daily I need to challenge myself to face these challenges with confidence and enthusiasm. There is no other way. I will not be happy until I realize that I have everything I need in myself to accomplish what I need to do. I may need more time than more seasoned teachers, I might not be as organized, but I can do a good job if I just set out and start doing. Some people embrace change with open arms. They thrive on novel experiences. Perfectionists like myself need to work harder to maintain joy and confidence during these stages in life. I want to find joy in the added challenge of work and the feelings that can come along with it of productivity and accomplishment. I want to focus on new beginnings rather than regretting my loss of free time.
To all those teachers out there, as most of us have perfectionist tendencies, let’s be joyful in whatever challenges we face this month. Be confident that you have the tools to solve new problems, and don’t just bury your head until the weekend arrives! This is the message I’ll be saying to myself each and every day. Because my happiness is worth it.
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” -E.E. Cummings
Do you have an inspirational mantra you tell yourself when needing a confidence boost or facing a new challenge?