This morning, I was perusing through my tweets on Twitter, and I caught this conversation between George Couros (@gcouros), a principal from Alberta, and Jennifer Brokofsky (@jennbrokofsky), an instructional consultant from Saskatchewan.
This conversation intrigued me because I’m constantly talking to colleagues about “balance.” I know that I don’t balance my work life and home life well. I’m at school every morning by 6:30 and often don’t leave until after 5:00. I do school work at home every night and on the weekends. I update websites and coordinate email lists on my own time. I do all of this because working makes me happy!
I know that I’m not the only educator out there that puts in this extra time, and I know that I’m not the only educator out there that regularly contemplates balance. George’s tweet though helped me see things differently today. Maybe life doesn’t need to be about balance.
I teach because I love to teach. I can’t imagine doing anything else in my life. I’ve wanted to teach since I was in elementary school. Working with students, watching them learn, and knowing that I’ve played a role in this makes me smile every day. I’m lucky that I get to do what I love!
So I may not have balance. I still spend time with family and friends though. I still read books, watch movies, and play with my dogs. I go to conferences. I make presentations. And I go on vacations. I do many different things, and sometimes I spend more time on one than on another, but all that I do makes me happy. If this is the way I always feel, then maybe it doesn’t matter if I have “balance.” What do you think? Should “happiness” become the standard?