It May Seem Superhuman, but This Is How Teachers Stay Inspired

If you think teachers have it easy, it's time to think again.

Several factors like high expectations, low pay, and a depletion of school funds that were staggeringly low to begin with, can make a career as an educator stressful.

Teachers start their workday earlier than most, yet still find themselves grading papers past bedtime. One even worked on lesson plans from her hospital bed.

That's dedication.

Teachers may well have engines like no other career professional. But what fuels their will to keep chugging forward?

One Reddit user named futureformerteacher shared their secret:

"It's actually a good job if you've got a good boss, but absolutely f***ing impossible without one. And so much f***ing booze. Seriously, enough to kill several lesser men."

Others were quick to way in with their own coping mechanisms:

"How do we do it? Look them in the eye and listen. The more you teach the more you realize that sometimes you're all they have," says another user.

"That's why I love the career. I can't get out of bed for myself but I can for those hundred kids I see daily."

Another user agrees.

"For real. Sunday nights and Monday mornings are rough, right up until the moment they walk in the door and I turn on teacher mode. Then I'm happy to see them and doing my thing."

An educator with a grim user name, burnanation, has some touching insights to help other teachers.

"I teach high school. Each class I start by sharing something good that has happened over the last day or weekend. Could be: kids went to bed early, [we] saw a movie, [I] got in a car wreck, but no one got hurt. Then I ask them to share something with me."

"It does a couple of things. It keeps you looking for positive things in your own life. It humanizes you to the students. You can learn a lot about what the kids are up to and it can help you connect with them."

"Forgot to do it once this year and one student said, 'You forgot to do the good news, it's the best part of my day.'"

The user concludes with some light frankness:

"As others have said, beer, wine, and the shots of ethanol help."

Ha. Ethanol.

Another educator stresses the importance of being personal with your students, who they see day in, day out.

"You can't overstate the importance of letting your students know who you are. I'm constantly sharing stories about my life; my experiences before becoming a teacher, funny stuff my kids do/say, showing them my wife's newest painting, etc. They'll invest in you as a person, and that makes a huge difference in the dog days of the long grind."

Inspirational fluff aside, one teacher gets real about their personal need to see a therapist.

"Some of the things I see and hear with my kids are just too much. I'm not trained for that, and I can never get used to it," says 1robotsnowman.

"[My therapist] also gives me ideas on strategies to help the kids, too."

Finally, more teachers continue to stress the importance of, er, self-medication and naps.

"We're all highly-functioning alcoholics with huge hearts," says a Canadian educator.

Another teacher said his students' upcoming graduation day would bring up mixed emotions, more proof of how deeply educators care.

"I do know that there is going to be a middle-aged, bearded social studies teacher trying (and failing) to hold back tears from a mixture of pride and sadness," he says.

Rest assured: it's not a one way street for a teacher who's truly passionate.