You know, I’m tired. I must be getting old or something but I honestly don’t remember being this tired a year ago. Maybe the adrenaline from the new job kept me from being as tired or something. Getting up at 5 a.m. for 7 a.m. rehearsals seem to come all too quickly! Then again, I’ve had a few extra evening work obligations that have kept me from getting to bed when I’d like so I guess that doesn’t help.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my job. I wake up in the mornings wishing it was Saturday or Sunday and I could sleep in but as soon as I get to work and the kids make me laugh and smile, I’m re-energized. It’s amazing how true the statement is about how you can’t help but become happy when you smile.

The kids are working very hard. I find myself nagging at them but it’s because I want them to have what they want — success. What is success in our world? For most people (including me to an extent), success during marching season means earning a 1st Division rating at UIL Region 18 Marching Contest in October. Who decides if we’ve earned one or not? 3 random Texas band directors that have gone through a process to become judges. There are specific criteria that we must meet but since they’re artistic qualities, it’s very subjective. This is the success that helps us keep our jobs.

What is the rest of the definition of success for me? That they come back for more. That they’ve learned something along the way. We’ve already achieved that. We do bits of that every day. This is the success that keeps me coming back for more.

I guess I should get some sleep tonight…today was a good day!