Practicing what I ‘teach’
I attempt to teach Physical Education 3 days a week. My school has been wonderful since the initial bout with GBS. So I work Mon, Wed, Fri. Some days I get in the car at the end of the day and feel like I can’t possibly drive the 20 minutes home. I’ve had a few times where I was forced to take time off from school to catch up physically. But always felt, once I was back, that it was good for my mental state of mind.
Being around those extremely active gradeschool children makes me forget, for just a while, how tired I am. My principal is very understanding and will work with me so I can continue to keep the job.
I’ve told her many times that I listen to myself teaching the children what they need to do to be healthy and keep an active lifestyle and find myself realizing I need to practice what I preach. Stay physical. Keep moving, no matter how little it is, still move each day.
So today, during our rollerskating unit, I bent over and tied and retied many pairs of roller skates. I was so exhausted by my noon hour that I hid in my office with my feet on my desk and didn’t think I’d be able to finish the day. But when the 2nd graders came in the gym after lunch, squealing with excitement, and left thanking me for “a fun day in the gym” I knew it was all worth while.
Keep on keepin’ on,