I recently started working on a local theatre production of "From Up Here," a dramatic comedy by Liz Flahive. From the minute I opened the script, I loved this show! In essence, it's about a family dealing with the aftermath of a serious school incident - the son brought a gun (unloaded) to school and threatened other students. The boy must now prepare for a public apology to his school community, while also navigating stressful family dynamics.
I was cast as the fun-loving aunt who runs from difficult situations. The more I rehearse, the more I realize the depth and complexity of this particular topic.
We hear about tragic situations every single day - individuals are pushed to their breaking point and lash out. As a school counselor we work with students most at-risk for this type of behavior and, in fact, are often pushed to the limit ourselves. How often have you had a day where you gave others everything you had mentally, emotionally, and physically? Are you always recognized for your efforts?
School counselors may be able to help their students, staff, and communities, but if they do not have their own way of decompressing, then it's only a matter of time before the water comes to a boil.
As you gear up for another busy school year, please remember to take the time you need to breathe and "reboot."
Promo from The Circuit Playhouse