December. Oh, December.
As a music educator and sometime musician myself, December is packed, each and every year. Whether it’s the Christmas concert for the students or the local band/orchestra, or even all of the community theatre that pops up, December is a killer.
How do I deal with this? Well, mostly by conserving laziness.
I’m a person who does things very much all-out. I go and go and go when I’m at work. This means that when I get home, I generally crash quite a bit. Whether it’s with a book or a TV show I like or a video game, I hoard my lazy days like a treasure vault and dole them out to myself one small weekend chunk at a time.
Right now on the go (and for the past month, basically), I’ve had:
1. Report cards
2. Parent-Teacher Interviews
3. A local theatrical company’s musical production
4. Beginner band start-up
5. Preparing a Christmas concert
6. Starting the fund-raising for my band program
As such, I really treasure the times when I get time to withdraw into my own little world and not have to deal with a lot of details or people with requests or problems to be dealt with. I see the amount of time that I need to take to balance out my life, and then I look at those master teachers and great people that I look up to for inspiration…
Time after time I see people who simply keep going regardless of how much rest they have at this time of year. I really wonder how much truth there is in the adage that they are like ducks: “calm on top, but paddling like crazy underneath”. Every time I ask them what they’re doing, it seems like I learn another trick for dealing with the multiple levels of busy-ness that our modern society seems perfectly adapted to throwing at anyone and everything.
I think I may have a few years to go before I actually am as adapted as I want to be to this month of December.
But, only 24 days until Christmas!
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