This summer, I’ve found it hard to balance all the awesome inflow of information with making enough time to bring ideas to life, create, and play. It’s easy to get sucked into twitter and reading blogs. My PLN has grown and it’s now an amazing source of inspiration and learning for me. It’s fabulous and exciting. BUT, it’s very time consuming… And I sometimes find myself struggling to find balance in life. I suppose those who live life passionately are constantly off balance, in a sense. Balance: being centered, an even distribution of interests/work/family/hobbies… Passion: strong and barely controllable emotion, a state or outburst of such emotion.
So maybe focus, drive, desire naturally throw our sense of balance out of whack? The desire to work/grow/contribute/create can be consuming. How can you conveniently “turn off” a brain flooded with ideas?
But priorities are necessary and – for me – a bit more balance is needed. Especially as we jump into the new school year, I think I need to tone down on the inpouring of new ideas a tad and concentrate on bringing ideas to life in my classroom. It’s not always optimal to try and do it all!
Not sure my exact point here… but this is what’s on my mind at the moment. I really believe that my work should constantly feel like play… and I try to bring this same philosophy into my classroom. So I’ll be trying to focus on what feels most joyous and might pass on some of the should be / could be.
Great post! You are not alone in feeling this way. Sometimes you’ve got to tune-out the PLN and focus in on your personal life and classroom. Your PLN will understand and it will be there for you when you need it!
Phnnomeeal breakdown of the topic, you should write for me too!