As we’re in the middle of the Christmas holidays, what's the plan? If you're a teacher, you have the amazing opportunity to have a block of six or seven weeks of holidays. Have you been planning for this all year, or has it suddenly arrived and you have nothing planned at all?
Either way, it's about time you went on an adventure. I don't mean going to the beach or Bali, sitting there reading a gossip mag, having a swim and getting a tan. It's time to do something new and amazing! Get out of your comfort zone and experience life!
Why is it important for you to make time for an adventure? Aren't the holidays just about rest and relaxation? Well they could be, but then again, too much pointless R&R is just boring and it will turn you into a boring person. There’s plenty of boring people in the world, so don't be one of them. If you're willing to push yourself, look for new places to explore and try new things, it opens a world of opportunity and as a teacher, isn't that what you're basically helping others to achieve?
What's something that you've been wanting to do for ages? So many people put off their dreams for some mystic retirement period, but why not live it now? Why not challenge yourself? Why not book something today and leave tomorrow? There are so many exciting possibilities. It's simply dependent on your making that decision to go. There are more opportunities than ever before to search for and discover unique things to do. Just fly somewhere and explore towns, areas, new things (As a side note, always check the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs so you're not going into a live war zone. Most people want to actually return from their adventure).
To throw a few ideas out there: Learn a new skill! Last year I did a diving course. It's got nothing to do with what I teach, but the experience of it was beneficial. Travel to another town, state, country! Experience different cultures, their foods, their traditions. Get another job! Try working in retail or hospitality over the break. It's some extra money, but at the same time it's learning other skills that will help you teach and could help get you a promotion too.
No matter what it is, trying something new can be extremely reinvigorating and will not only help improve your own life. Having your own new adventures and life experiences will make you a better teacher. The more you're exposed to the diverse activities, jobs, cultures and places of the world, the more you can be in tune with how to teach young men and women to be able to thrive in the world. Right now, go out and find something new, challenging and adventurous to do.