Being Human?

Being Something…

Read After Burnout

images-719After a week of unpaid leave, I returned to my supply post to be told that I was no longer needed. Nobody had told me, neither the school nor the agency. I was suddenly, and without warning, given the freedom of the city. Fortunately, I got the chance to say goodbye to some pretty decent human beings whom I had worked with since Christmas.

Regardless of that,  I left feeling pretty shitty; my self-esteem all hissed out.

Since the recession, and since our newly found obsession with austerity, British workers have yearned to work more and more hours, averaging around 45 million per week, before falling down to an eye-watering 35 million (some 10 million up on pre-Big Society Britain). Compared to our soon to be ‘ex-neighbours’, we are not work shy in the slightest. Last week German workers voted to supply no more that 28 hours per week if they did not…

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This is the story of what happened to me when anxiety took a grip. I lost my senses, I lost my job, and I lost me. I then turned to writing to find those things that had gone missing. How can you teach when you believe that education is a business that is failing in its primary remit of helping to create a better society? Indeed, how can you teach when you believe that you have nothing of value to pass on? The book/blog is the story of my recovery from the absolute darkness of the early days. It is an Odyssey through my life over the last twelve months and a retracing of my steps to discover how I found myself there. More than all of that, it is a re-evaluation and a rejoicing of all that which I call life. Happy reading and I hope it helps. There is madness, Everyday Madness, and not all of it comes from within.

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