Teaching is a wonderful job that I really put my heart and soul into. This job always gives me a lot of enjoyment. I make sure that I model the behaviour and attitude that I expect my students to have. I am there in the classroom, day in and day out. I don’t use my sick days unless I am actually sick. I expect my students to be in class every day and I lead by example.
I’ve only used a handful of sick days in my career and I’ve never used one if I didn’t need it. That being said, things have been a bit stressful lately and I felt like I really needed a break. I was struggling with this a bit because I have sick days allocated to me that I will never use. These days can’t be banked or rolled over to the following year. They are there to be used if needed, as they should be. But they are there, and last week they were tempting me.
I had secretly wished to have Friday off last week. It would’ve been nice. I could have went for a run, did some writing, and just enjoyed a day off. But I couldn’t bring myself to book it off.
Life works in weird ways though because I ended up having the day off anyway. I just couldn’t enjoy it because I was in a lot of pain and I spent most of the day immobilized on a backboard.
What I am really trying to say here is that it took me getting injured to come to a realization. I have a good job that I enjoy. I am there to serve the kids in my class, and that really is the only reason that I am there. I shouldn’t worry about all the BS that is happening in the board or the community. I shouldn’t worry about anything.
I have a job that I enjoy. Some people don’t have a job. Some people don’t have a job that they enjoy. I get holidays, days off, and sick days. I should be thankful for the opportunity to teach the children in my class.
I’m glad I had this epiphany. I won’t take my job for granted again. I will be there, doing my best, like I always have done. I now realize that I had a bad attitude last week. I guess I needed the time off to appreciate all that I have. Lesson learned. I just wished I could’ve learned it an easier and less painful way. It still hurts a bit but it’s getting better.