My main concern about being a TA is the possibility of it taking over my life. I don't want to let it do that, in spite of the fact that teaching is a main component of my future, and this is my learning teaching on the fly. I plan on treating it on the same plane as my other classes -- and any other aspect of my life that I deem to be as important. If I don't put it on the same level as everything else, I will be negligent to the other parts of my life that I believe to be just as important.
Playing guitar might suffer, but that will push me to focus on the most important aspect of it, which for me is merely just doing it. As long as I able to do just that, from time to time, when my schedule permits -- in fact, I find it to be a good distraction, when I need to hit the restart on my hard drive.
It is a new part of my life, and it fills me with exuberance. Every day I can't wait to devote a chunk of my day to it. It has consumed my time over the past week. I guess that's what happens when you wait until the last minutes to get it all together -- not that I had a choice, since I didn't have much to go off of until I started reading the book and went to orientation.
I hope to find the balance that I need, though, which means I will have to be disciplined, in spite of my state of mind, which is more often than not, chaotic, messy, racing.
However, the more I work, the more self-consumed I am, and the more I accomplish. It becomes all about setting goals and never giving up on them -- even after I have accomplished them. It's all about patiently forward motion, building momentum, and hitting all the random tasks along the way -- kind of like passing a level in Super Mario Brothers.