Being a school administrator isn’t easy.
From the kindergarten student who cries for no apparent reason to the odd smell emanating from the boys’ locker room, each day brings new and sometimes gross challenges (on behalf of the 1980’s, I want to say we don’t use the word “gross” often enough anymore).
Now, I’m not complaining (maybe a little about that smell…), because I realize every profession has its ups and down.
I was reading online (so you know it’s true) that only 45% of people are satisfied with their jobs. That’s down from 61% in 1987.
I don’t know if I believe this or not.
What I do believe is 55% of people (at least) like to complain.
About their jobs.
And lack of benefits.
And everything else in their lives.
I think this is human nature.
Me? I like having a job. Any job.
I prefer ones that pay well, but I’ve also enjoyed my jobs that didn’t.
I would definitely count myself in the group of 45% who are satisfied.
But I do have one complaint.
There’s not always enough time to do my job at school, my job at home, and accomplish other things.
This week I had a choice. Help build a school in the Dominican Republic or coach the Evil Spawn’s basketball team.
Seems like an easy choice.
Build the school. Make the world a better place.
It’s a no brainer.
Except for the fact I always wonder if I’m spending too much time helping raise other people’s kids and not enough time on my own.
I’m guessing if you ask the evil one, she would say a break from me would be a wonderful thing (in fact, she’s mentioned this a time or two… or 957).
But I still wonder, so I passed on the construction project (I hope I get another chance).
The building a school/basketball games is an extreme example, but I think all educators are faced with similar decisions on a daily basis.
How do you balance raising your kid and still be totally committed to helping other people raise theirs?
Maybe I shouldn’t worry about this. Maybe I should focus on what I can control. Like that smell. It’s a combination of feet, old yogurt, and cat food. It’s really quite disturbing.