Happy New Year!
Yes, we’ve made it to 2022. We may be
exhausted tired a bit weary but we’re here.
Like a child who’s spent the last hour asking, “Are we there yet?” now we’ve arrived the burning question becomes, “What now?” (and, what’s to eat). Maybe that’s where you are too. We’ve made it to another brand new year, but what comes now?
For many of us 2020 and 2021 were difficult years. They were years where we were forced to question everything, from how we spent our time, to what we valued, to if our values matched with those we love most. This isn’t new. Whenever something major happens, like the Plague in the Middle Ages, or the World Wars, society is forced to re-evaluate, and the aftershocks of this can linger well after the event that triggered them.
Personally, as I move into 2022 with my family, I’m moving slowly. I’m a person who likes to feel settled and safe (no one has ever accused me of being a thrill seeker). That said, I’m also moving forward with optimism. I hope you’re able to do that too. There’s no guarantee that that this year will be easier than the last two, but we can go into knowing that are capable of getting a handle of things, that we do have the tools we need, and the capability to face the future.
If you’re entering this year with a feeling of sadness or dread that doesn’t pass, know that you are not alone, it is not your fault, and it is not a sign of weakness. I encourage you, strongly, to seek help and support from your doctor who can then direct you to treatments that can help. Notice I didn’t say friends and family? That’s because mental illness is, still, a subject that people find difficult to deal with even, sometimes especially, if they love you. While it’s wonderful if you family is understanding and supportive, don’t let outdate or ignorant attitudes stop you from getting the help you need – you deserve to go through life with a healthy mind.
If you’re beginning your teaching journey this year, YAY! You’re about to start something exciting and scary and wonderful and exhausting. You may find that the classroom is where you were always meant to be. You may find you hate it, and you want out, like, NOW! Great if you in the first groups, kinda sucky if you’re in the second group. I encourage you to give at least a year, if not two, before making any drastic decisions. The beginning of anything is really, really hard. Give yourself the time and grace to become accustomed to what it actually means to a real, working, teacher.
I’m grateful to be starting a new year with you. I hope over the course of this year I can offer ideas and resources that will save you time and effort as a teacher, so that you can focus on your students, and a life outside of the school.
Bring on 2022!