I feel I am rather blessed with this fact. There have only been a few points in my life when I have woken up and dreaded going to work (all of those occurrences when I was in retail and hospitality). Those were also signs to me that I needed out of those jobs. Now, don’t get me wrong I have rough days that I want to end and rough weeks (like this one) that I need to be over, but I still get out of bed everyday ready for work.
Sometimes, I play the “only one more day until Friday,” card with the rest of my colleagues and sometimes I am genuinely glad it’s Friday and I need a couple of days off. I am a teacher, some of my weeks get real long real quick. However, I’m in love with teaching and in love with my work. I find it difficult to be around those who are not in love with their work and spend their life looking for the weekend. It is especially difficult for me to be around those people in the teaching world. If you d not love teaching GET OUT NOW, you’re only doing a disservice to the children around you.
Do I love Spring Break? Yes, especially now when 5th graders turn into wild animals. Do I love Summer Break? Hell yes! I need those breaks to e good at my job. Truth be told about a month into summer I get bored and miss being around kids.
There are the mundane parts of my job I do not love (grading and staff meetings) I have my gripes with people I work with on occasion, but I am human. I realize I am extremely fortunate and I hope everyone finds that sweet spot some day, where work isn’t a “have to” but a “get to.”
Other side note: I have a short story being published! It will be in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers coming out April 18th! Be sure to check it out!