Warning: This post really isn’t as much about leadership as it is about me ranting. But if you stay with me, I promise you’ll at least be entertained.
Once again, during Spring Break I will be required by the archaic powers that be to set my clock forward one (1) hour for Daylight Savings Time. WHY?? Why during the one week that I have off to rest and recharge do I have to give up an entire hour to some made up practice that was only ever intended as a way to exploit the American worker? That doesn’t seem very fair to me. That gives me one less hour for self care, one less hour of fun, one less hour of sleep….I could go on forever.
If you asked him, my husband would tell you that I have always hated the concept of springing forward and falling back. Part of it is because I can never remember when we are going forwards and backwards. Honestly, who can keep up anyway. The other part of my rationale, however, is that there’s no good reason for this anymore. Thanks to the modern workplace and this crazy little concept of electricity, we no longer work by daylight hours only. Why we continue to do this ritual every year is mind boggling. It’s the equivalent of “That’s the way we’ve always done it” and we all know that is never a good reason to continue to do anything.
I want my hour back. I want the time that I need to properly care for myself so that I can continue to pour into everyone else. But mostly, I just want another hour of sleep. Lord knows I need it!!
If you’re reading this and you’re a fellow educator, I encourage you to use your remaining hours to do something for yourself! Take care of you, so that we can continue to take care of the future of our great nation!
Happy Spring Break!!