I am not sure anybody really knows what my job is like. Actually, that sentence probably fits for a lot of people out there. I have no idea what an actuarial does.
It has taken years for my family to understand what I do, and they still ask me questions that prove they haven’t always been listening. The problem is that my job has been featured, poorly, in a couple of movies.
In both of these cases, this is not what I do. This is nothing like what I do. Because these movies have been popular, they might carry more weight than reality.
Another problem is within my industry, some people don’t know what we do, or more precisely, they don’t know what they are supposed to do.
Today, one teacher was explaining an activity to another teacher. Out of decency, I will not name the teacher pitching the activity. We will call her Teacher A. However, I will name the other teacher. We will call the teacher receiving the explanation Christine because that’s her name and because as a champion in my eyes, her name should also be known and recognized.
After explaining the activity, Teacher A decided to add what she thought was the perfect sales pitch. “It will kill at least half an hour.”
Christine responded by saying, “I don’t want to kill half an hour. I want to teach something.”
Teacher A, despite hearing this, responded by saying, “You can teach less.”
Christine merely explained that she wanted to “teach more.”
I wasn’t involved in the conversation, but the responses made me feel good. For the past couple of years, a noticeable number of the teachers on staff seemed to be putting in less than a 100% effort. Granted, I can certainly sympathize when someone has an off day. We all have off days. It’s just that when it becomes regular, I find it a bit insulting. Christine defended the hard workers and the caring teachers. She defended the ones who really wanted to teach and weren’t killing time in their lives. What’s more, she did it with quiet class and modest grace. For that and that alone, it was Today’s Perfect Moment and she deserves all the credit for it.