It seems to me that one of the things that makes this job so frustrating is that you try your best to explain things to people, to sincerely help folks out, and for whatever reason, despite your best efforts, they still just don’t get it.
You begin to doubt yourself on some level, because you try and try, but it still feels like you’re pounding your head against a brick wall. You start to look inward for your own failings, because theirs seem so complete and universal.
As a consequence, little victories (like a student successfully following your instructions on the first try) end up feeling like reason enough to pop open the champagne.
Back to itâ€¦