Seriously, though, even I could hear the cricket chirps coming from this blog.
I have been in a continuous cycle of writing and reflecting, but only a select group of people and I have been privy to my writing. My master’s classes in Professional Development are nearing completion (only seven weeks to go!) and I feel like… a gopher, maybe (otherwise known as a Richardson Ground Squirrel).
The analogy begins with any hibernating animal. Why hibernation? For these animals, it’s a matter of survival.
- weather changes are drastic
- food is scarce
Check out 10 Animals That Hibernate if you’re curious.
I am like a wood frog. My heart (for teaching) has in some ways gone back into action following this university hibernation.
I am like a deer mouse. Their hibernation is called torpor, where they hibernate during the day with other deer mice and spend their nights in their regular pursuits. My university hibernation had a reverse schedule.
I am like a gopher. They apparently have awesome tunnels built with all the amenities (including bathrooms) and are said to go into hibernation “as a response to a change in their blood” (Conservation Institute, 2015). I have spent many an hour studying in the comfy chair by our wood-burning fireplace. And I felt compelled to do this work in order to do my coaching well.
I am like a bear. Their hibernation is also more like a torpor, and they are easily woken. During my university torpor, I was constantly being awakened to connections between my coaching and my course work. I was able to focus on both because each helped the other.
Like all of these animals, I focused on the essentials during my university hibernation or torpor. I worked hard. I cared for our family. I read. I wrote. I slept. And I did it all over and over again for the past 18 months. No room for extras, like blogging.
Spring is springing around here, friends. I’m feeling it.
And I can’t wait to move from this life-giving survival period into the new spring of my life.