This is my 4th state in 6 years. I went from Pennsylvania to Alaska to Missouri to Colorado.
I can't keep the details straight anymore. I have had 6 addresses since May 2009. Not only have I had to learn places, people, regulations, rules, and laws for 4 different states...I've learned how the army works in each different state. How the bases function, where to go for this or that, etc. Routines, stores, post offices, banks, and DMVs. New physicians, dentists, and eye doctors in each state. Electric companies, garbage companies, cable, internet, etc. There is plenty of information (most of it useless to me currently) stuffed into my schema.
Now, let's add in my occupation. I have learned and used the educational standards and objectives for FOUR different states. I have learned the state history, geography, and government of FOUR different states (Fun fact: Because I keep teaching 4th grade, and Social Studies standards are the same across the country, that means I'm responsible for teaching state history...which means I need to learn the state history of all these states). I have learned the state testing procedures, data tracking systems, and progress monitoring techniques for FOUR different states. The educational legalese of FOUR different states. Keep in mind that each school district does its own thing within each state and I don't even keep track of how many districts or schools I've been in at this point. I've learned the policies and procedures of one, two, three, and now FOUR different schools on a permanent basis (meaning, not as a substitute). I've taught diverse groups of students, worked with countless parents, and had fabulous team members and coworkers from one end of this great nation to the other. However, all that stuff takes up a lot of space.
So, I blame all of the above for why I'm so stressed out. I just have too much information floating through my train of thought on a daily basis.
And you know, it's okay to be a mess. It's okay because life is messy and I don't even have all the questions, let alone all the answers.
Stay tuned for next week's thought-provoking piece: "Hey, at least I try to finish things".
Pictures are from Royal Gorge. Taken by my brother.