So, according to a friend I’ve had for 25 years I’m the most workaholic person he knows. Now, for those of you who know me personally, this is no surprise. I spend the vast majority of my time doing something for my students whether it’s running dance groups, working for the theatre company, taking pictures of the kids, or lesson planning/grading/writing tests.
According to my mother being such a workaholic is bad for me and I need to have more of a social life than I do. I tell her I go out with the girls every couple of weeks either down here or in Boston. It’s not like I have no social life. Her response is essentially, “When was the last time you had time to go on a date?” And I have to say, she has a point. Hell, she offered to pay for eHarmony at some point in the future. Which made me laugh. She is right in that I don’t really go out places that I would find someone who is dateable for me. I spend my life with high school students and married people. Not like I really have time for dates anyhow right now. But it is an interesting idea I suppose eventually.
However, while everyone else seems concerned that I’m addicted to my work, I was also told by one of my friends in SL that he finds me amusing because I’m either working on something for the kids or doing something artistic. He said that when I’m doing things for the kids and I remember to eat I am eating one of 5 things typically (apples with peanut butter, apples with cheese, pasta, veggie soup, or a popsicle) but when I am painting, drawing, writing, or taking pictures I always forget to eat. He asked me why I thought this was. I really couldn’t give a solid answer except for the fact that I think I feel rushed when I’m doing things for myself because I know I should be doing things for work and that when I’m doing things for work I’m more relaxed and more often able to remember little things like food. He laughed at me and virtually flicked my forehead and told me that I need to remember that my job shouldn’t be my whole life and that I need to remember that my work is as important. According to him, if the teacher isn’t happy the students won’t be. I told him that doing things for my kids made me happy. He told me that perhaps I need to invent my own version of the Time-Turner so I can do everything I want to do then. I think I agree with him. I love what I do and I do what I love. I just need to find a way to make it all fit in a day and the only way to do that is magic. 🙂