“The opposite of happiness is boredom”
Welcome to episode 145 of The PE Umbrella podcast!
This week, allow me to take you on a journey of reflection, coasting through my past week, and culminating in one of my favourite moments in probably a few years of teaching now. In order for this to happen though, I had to leave my comfort zone, and by leave, I mean leap far, far away from it.
The funny thing is that I preach day in and day out to children about the benefit and beauty in challenging ourselves, taking risks and ultimately experiencing failure, as a means to build our skills for future success. Yet, for some time now, the thought of performing ‘dance’ in front of children has terrified me. Put me in front of a class and teaching is no problem. Ask me to dance and I’d have always likely frozen unless I’d drank several beverages beforehand!
I can only liken this feeling to that which many teachers have when it comes to teaching PE in general. Inadequacy or perhaps worry of making a fool of oneself? Either way, I had to push past this and events of the past few months created the perfect opportunity for me to do so. Most of my worries were completely unfounded in any solid base. Perceptions dreamt up of what ‘might’ go wrong or how people ‘might’ perceive me in dancing. In reality, it’s all nonsense. The most worrying thing here is that in recently reading ‘Psycho-Cybernetics‘ by Maxwell Maltz I learned that our nervous system can’t tell the difference between imagined experiences and ‘real’ experiences. Therefore, all of my ‘imagined’ worries were doing more damage than what I may have presumed.
What tipped me over the edge to go for it was not only the chance to grow, but a realisation that perhaps I was bored, and I felt that my classes, along with myself, needed a spark for a new fire to be lit. After all, Tim Ferris in the classic 4 Hour Work Week quoted that ‘The opposite of happiness is boredom’. I summarised as much that clearly if I was bored, then I wasn’t happy and I needed to do something about that! Reading further into the aforementioned ‘Psycho-Cybernetics’ I read a quote that really hit me.
“To be happy, we must make a sacrifice. You may need to sacrifice scepticism, cynicism, old habits and beliefs, which even though do not serve you well, are comfortable”
What more could I say to that? My beliefs of looking foolish and not having the nerve to dance in front of a class, combined with a desire to eradicate boredom finally drove me forward. Let this podcast take you on that journey!
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