Many days have followed since my last. As of now, I’ve been in Shanghai for a month. In some ways, it’s difficult to write on what has occurred. Even still, I am uncertain I’ve the energy to word my thoughts.
At its core, I am quite tired.
The first month hits the unprepared like a wave. Do not get me wrong. This does not mean that I’ve yet to enjoy the moments that pass, rather, I am just exhausted. The company I work for handed over a robust schedule. Most teachers will be clocking in eight hour days. You may be thinking, “Erick, get it together, this is an international standard”. In that regard, you are correct. Unfortunately, these days are filled with teaching at multiple schools. Traveling back and forth throughout the day is tiring to say the least. Not to mention, my colleagues have just one day off a week. These schedules, coupled alongside a new environment appear, difficult. Well….no. Terrifying, yes, terrifying is a better fit.
Yet, once accustomed, you realize the worth.
I find this to be an important factor. The first month will be tiresome. But, do know, the days here have so far been great. Although draining, rest assured, it is one hell of a time.