the exhaustion is... well, it's exhausting. i crawl into bed at 9pm and pull myself out of bed in the morning. i'm counting down the days until the end, and a much needed break.
but, i'm reminded every single day that i've got it easy. i go to work, sit in an office, walk around, play with kids, do some paperwork, deal with not-always-so-nice people, then go to my next job and teach semi-adults - in air conditioning! and every single day i get to see the fruits of this labor - from kids writing their own names for the first time ever, to my university students preparing amazing, deep and grammatically correct stories.
when i get in a concho and complain that it's hot and uncomfortable i see a man walking down the street, pushing a coconut cart - uphill. or an icecream salesman trying to control a rickshaw - downhill.
construction is pretty antiquated here. i don't know why. i don't really care, because it's pretty cool to watch buildings going up - with twigs and tree branches as support. today, we were playing at the park and i caught this guy - working on a holiday! - using a pulley to lift buckets of cement to his partner on the fifth floor of this new apartment building.
i saw him disappear a few times to refill - on the other side of the building - then connect the bucket and pull. teaching in air conditioning doesn't seem so hard.
there are so many things to complain about, but really, i've got it good. i love my job(s). while it's stressful and frustrating at times, it's not backbreaking or low-paying. here's to focusing on the positive!