Stop me if you’ve heard this one.
You’ve had a long day of work. The one thing getting you through was knowing you could eventually leave the confines of your ‘day home’ to eventually lace up some uncomfortable shoes and ascend a thing or two at the local gym. Unbeknownst to you then and despite the helpful motivation from the morning, the day’s events will have left you completely and utterly exhausted. Like walk in the door, take your pants off, and crash on the couch exhausted.
I’ve been a casual teacher covering short term positions since earning my degree a few years ago, but this is my first apocalyptic September. In the teaching world, September is a month where everyone, new and old teachers alike, are temporary hermits. To each other, it all seems normal that we are running around at 7am and not leaving school until zero dark thirty. But to the outside world, it presents itself in the form of never seeing your friends and family for more than a brief “hello” and a quick “see ya later”. I’ve started drinking coffee now, too.
September has me already sacrificing parts of my life that I love, one of those parts being climbing. In the past 3 weeks, I’ve maybe gone to the wall a hand full of times. The times that I’ve gone I’ve had to force myself to go, because I was too tired to even walk myself there. And by the time I did go, I only stayed an hour. Teaching is rewarding no doubt. But it has me thinking about all the things I won’t be able to do this year.
So, in order to get through the year (like every normal person who works a full time job), I will improvise. No, I can’t fly to Las Vegas in October like I want to, or go to Brazil for my friend’s wedding. No I can’t attend as many competitions this year as I like or travel across Canada whenever I want. But I’m done feeling down about those things.
What I can do is this: I can work at my job so that perhaps next year I can travel and be financially sound at the same time. I can learn skills to keep stress levels at bay, which in turn will also help my climbing. I can do the weekend warrior thing, and work during the car ride (or catch up on sleep)! I can train hard and set a schedule to give me the tools I need to send hard when I do have the chance.
I’m desperate guys. I’m already looking at flying to Joe’s Valley for a few days before Christmas. 1000$ for a weekend trip is starting to sound less outrageous the more time passes. Yeah, I’ve reached extreme levels.
I hope some of you can relate to this, but I also hope most of you won’t. I hope that you have found a balance in your life that makes you happy and gives you a reason to do what you do. At the moment, my balance is less of a choice and I’m working on fixing that. I’m also very appreciative of my year of casual work last year, as I did a lot of stuff that made me happy. 🙂
In the next few weeks I have a trip to planned to Halifax, a trip to Rumney, and then most likely a quick visit to North Conway to hike a mountain or two. My restless self will just have to wait.
Oh, and I have a nice surprise coming in October. More on that later. 🙂
Weekend warriors unite!
Climb on xx