For me, family comes first. In my opinion there is nothing more important than maintaining a strong family life. My father still lives in the San Diego area, so I am able to see him on some weekends or week nights when I have some free time, or if I just need to exhale for a bit. My mother lives out in Las Vegas, but I still make time to regularly keep in touch and make trips out there to visit on some weekends. Even though some of the weekends I choose to visit make things a little hectic when I return, it is totally worth it. I come back home with renewed vigor and a willingness to be productive and helpful for my students.
Second, I am extremely passionate about sports and music. I carefully craft ways for athleticism and music to weave into my daily routines that enable me to temporarily and quickly escape from my surroundings. I play fantasy baseball with friends of mine and I currently work with the San Diego Padres during home games when I am available to work. Like spending time with my family, this acts as an outlet for me to think recreationally and divulge in some of my passions.
As I mentioned, I am very musically oriented. I spend most of my mornings listening to some of my favorite songs and singing aloud or drumming on my steering wheel before walking out of my car and into the school. Music provides my life with more flavor and way to connect with some of my students who may also excel at thinking musically.
Lastly, but still just as important, I plan on maintaining a strong social life outside of school. While it is important to me to take my job very seriously, I do not want it to rule my world. If I am out having dinner with friends or family, I do not want my job to consume the entire conversation, but rather act as a simple jumping off point or reference if needed.
All of these boundaries are things that I look at not as ways of escaping reality, but rather, methods of controlling and relieving harmful qualities such as stress and anxiety.
Let me know if there are other boundaries that you would like to share with the other readers of this reflection!