I’m going with a stream of consciousness about cycles today.
I loved teaching about cycles in nature. The students enjoyed the lessons and participated fully in the activities. After teaching the water cycle, the nitrogen cycle, phosphorus cycle, and the carbon cycle I asked the pupils to find other cycles in nature. I was surprised how many 11-year-olds didn’t know about metamorphosis.
When teaching the life cycle of a star during my astronomy unit, a few kids would freak out about our sun turning into a red giant in about 5 billion years. It took some time to get them to understand that they would be long gone before it happens. Lessons about seasons and weather cycles were much easier for them to grasp.
I see emotional cycles going on in my life right now. If I watch the news, I get depressed and I have difficulty finding joy. Then I look for joy and stay away from the news. I feel better about the world. Then I think I’m feeling up to watching the news and I get depressed all over again. Oy Vey!
It is interesting to me how fashion trends often go in cycles. When I was a teen, I wore soft flowing blouses and tie dye t-shirts. Many years later when my kids were growing up, I saw the same fashions coming back in style. Neon colors have seen at least three cycles in my recollection. It was always funny to see a style I once wore, reappear on my daughters. If I showed them a picture of myself in something similar to what they liked, I would get the obvious ewwwwww.
The last cycle is one I have never had work for me. My sleep cycle is always off kilter. When I finally get to sleep, I can’t stay asleep. I rarely, if ever, get a straight six hours of sleep. I’ve tried all the things multiple doctors have told me to do. My body craves sleep but can’t get its cycle working. Maybe when I hit the ripe old age of 70 I’ll learn how to sleep through the night.