You know who I sympathize with….. School SuperIntendents and here’s why..
Let’s start with what sympathy is…Sympathy involves understanding from your own perspective. Sympathy is having a direct experience with a similar situation. Sympathy is “feeling with”.
Superintendents are responsible for a variety of duties. The superintendent implements the school board's vision by making day-to-day decisions about educational programs, spending, staff, and facilities. The superintendent hires, supervises, and manages the central staff and principals. They work nights, weekends and are up at the crack of dawn. Worst of all, they have to make the snow day and delayed opening decisions. How do you predict the weather?
My history with weather is downright horrid. There literally is a black rain cloud that follows me around. One thing is for you sure, don’t travel with me! One sailing trip we planned in the Leeward Islands needed to be relocated due to a direct hit from Hurricane Jose. So, it’s hysterical that I have an outdoor yoga business.
Like a School SuperIntendent, I am solely responsible for many day-to-day decisions about running WalkAboutYoga. I do all the administration, marketing, social media, scheduling, and teaching. And just like your local SuperIntendent, I have to predict the weather.
I have every weather and radar app on my phone known to mankind. I check it 17 times a day. It’s exhausting. It’s okay if it’s a complete rainout, decision made. It’s those trickier times when there’s a chance of rain, sprinkles beginning at 7 am, winds 15-20 miles an hour. It’s so stressful.
I want to be there for my community. I want them to have the best experience they can. I want consistency in my offerings. So, I stress, worry, and make the best decision I can with all the information I have. And still, I sometimes make the wrong call. The worst is when I cancel the class and it doesn’t rain...ARRRRG!
Thankfully, my students are hardy, fun-loving, and understanding. We have practiced in the rain, had our mats blown away by strong gusts of wind.
I say to kind to my kindred decision-maker, the School Superintendent. It’s a tough job that we are happy to do.
Author, Reclaim Your Wild