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January 10, 2014 11:58 AM Subscribe
I am a young, single teacher and my whole life is consumed by school. How do I survive this and not end up lonely forever?
posted by sockysocksock to Human Relations (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
This is my second year teaching. For the most part, I love it. I love my students and I love the subject I teach. But I don't love that I have to study each night to make sure I know more than the kids, I don't love coming up with lesson plans endlessly (I'm teaching one class that's the same as last year, and one new one), and I don't like the administration. More importantly, though, the sheer time commitment it takes to do this job, which I love, is killing my personal life.
I briefly dated a coworker, and then had another relationship that fizzled. I am really introverted and don't like meeting new people, which makes it difficult for me to want to do new things or spend time outside my normal routine (which is currently: school, go to school events, plan for school, grade, and sleep). But this is unsustainable. I am exhausted and lonely, but I don't think leaving my job is the answer.
As I far as I can tell, there are a couple issues:
1) structural. I have very little free time as a teacher, and I want to do my job well.
2) personal. I don't like meeting new people or doing new things, and at the end of a long day, I have very little energy.
What do I do?