I love my job as a swimming teacher. If you read this blog regularly, then you'll already know this as I practically say it in ever single post. However, working evenings and weekends has always been a source of frustration.
It makes it a little difficult to spend quality time with my girlfriend or meet up with friends because if I do have any free time, it either tends to be on a weekday afternoon or after work, when I'm probably feeling too tired to be bothered doing anything. I certainly don't tend to feel like doing much on a Saturday night after 5 - 6 hours teaching at the pool. Even if I go home, have something to eat and a disco nap, even then I'm fully aware that I have to get up at 7.30am on Sunday and teaching for 5 - 6 hours on very little sleep is never a very good idea.
But that's all fine, it doesn't impact on my life too much. Well at least it wasn't. Not until more recently that is. When all of a sudden, I've been inundated with opportunities that I've had to think seriously about and/or turn down because it is so difficult for me to take time off. I'm already taking a weekend off in March to go to a wedding in Lisbon, Portugal. Something I'm really excited about and will be writing about on my travel blog (www.aroundtheworldin80mugs.co.uk). Therefore taking more time off, although possible, is not ideal. Especially as I have to find my own cover, something that can sometimes prove quite difficult.
Hopefully none of these missed opportunities will affect my life too much. There were a couple of training opportunities that would have been good to have gone to, but hopefully they won't be a big miss. It has also been messing with my Krav Maga a little which I'm less than ecstatic about. There have been some Krav Maga seminars recently which could have really helped me with my potential upcoming grading. "Potential" because I will need time off work. It also means that I have had to cut down on my English tutoring recently and I can only go to my Krav Maga class once a week, while pretty much everyone else on the course attends at least twice a week. But I'm getting paid well enough - to do a job I love - to pay the bills, rent a desk space and hopefully have a pretty decent holiday in the summer. So all in all, although it has been a source of frustration recently, I'm still in love with my job as a swimming teacher and I even have a rare weekend off this weekend! Woop!