Rise and Try to Shine

Needing to get up especially early is downright painful for me! I’ve never naturally been a morning person. Experiencing multiple symptoms of chronic illness, along with medication side effects, only serve to enhance this difficulty. Nevertheless, here I find myself, trying to feel alert, before 6:00 a.m. I’m attending a new employee orientation this morning, for the psychology class that I start teaching next Tuesday. What have I done to myself I start to think, signing up to teach college students that are decades younger, and presumably healthy? I talk myself down from the proverbial ledge, reminding myself that, yes, I am more than qualified for assuming this position. After all, I’ve taught this very same class before, although it was some time ago. I try not to dwell on all of the additional health issues that have surfaced since I last assumed responsibility for teaching Abnormal Psychology. I can’t say that I am not apprehensive, however, about the degree to which my unpredictable symptoms will influence my capacity to teach. Thankfully, the class that I’ll be teaching is not scheduled for early mornings. I remind myself about how very much I previously enjoyed teaching this class. I cheerfully tell myself, “you’ve got this, Dr. Floyd.”

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