Yes, there really is an upside to the stomach flu circulating around these parts. The upside is being the one who doesn’t have it. My oldest suffered from it for about 12 hours. My wife got it for 60 hours. My youngest and I are so far unscathed. Sure, this meant some crazy frantic mornings and amazingly busy daily schedules of running around both in and out of the office. I even suffered through partially sleeping on the couch one night as a preventative measure. I say partially because of ll the times I woke up in the night even with the sleep meds.
The upside to all that mess is the extra time I got to spend with my daughters. There was plenty of whining and plenty of all that comes with having a 5yo and 4yo girl. Just not a lot of it. There really never is. What I did get was loads of extra time to play, bond, and dream of being a stay at home parent. Yep, I dream of it. All you out there who don’t have to work every day are so very lucky to be in that position. Sure, it’s lots of work and you don’t get paid money for it, but it’s way more rewarding than the paycheck I get every other week. And this week I did both, I was Mr. Mom and I went to my full time job. At the end of the day, I was exhausted. Tired in a good way though, tired from keeping the house clean, the kids fed and clean, and putting food on the table.
I wouldn’t do it forever, I know eventually the kids will just be consumed with their school inspired social lives. Until then though, that would be a great career. I’ve learned via my last 4 employers how important it is to need to enjoy what you work on, not just what you do. I entered the non-table waiting world 13 years ago with a programming job in a dot com. Well, it became a dot com 2.5 years after but it always was a dot com. The company dealt with auto parts. Tremendously boring. Except when we sponsored the M&M’s car in the big Nascar series. I got to manage it and write about it because I was the only one who knew anything about the sport. That was the best 4 months of my career. However, the mad men that ran it started losing cash and I was one of the first to go.
They did me a favor. I had a new job within the week. This time I worked for a theme park ticketing company. Well, theme parks and other access control venues. I was there just over 3 years. This was the most fun I’ve had at a job and it was as hard to leave as Charlie Sheen leaving half-way through a bingo game. I got to work with theme park people every day and the place itself had people I still talk with today, 5 years after I left. I miss that place and the people there, but financially I had to make a change.
Which brings me to where I spent the last 5 years, minus one in the middle. A health care company. Home health care services to be exact. I couldn’t tell you what any of the stuff I write code around actually does, save for a few obvious things and some stuff my dad once had. What I can tell you is it’s insanely boring. Add my current gripes I’ve written about in the past and it makes for very uncomfortable moments when you just want to scream and run away. Except if I did I wouldn’t have a place to run to. Yeah, I’ve been there for 5 years because the money is ok and the environment is top notch except the whole windows thing. Meaning we have no windows. Seriously, none…zero…zip…except for the lobby. The atmosphere is casual for the most part and that makes it easy to be comfortable.
The moral after all that is quite simple. Anyone that says you need to love what you do is only telling you half the story. You need to have a genuine interest in what you are doing it for. So I am keeping my eyes peeled not for anything. But for something I want to make better or enhance or learn something more about. Not because I have to, but because I want to.
Wow, I totally drifted off my original topic there. Sorry about that. What I meant to add was this great picture of my girls dancing to a performance I have on my DVR of en Folds playing a duet with Guster.
Oh yeah, one more thing.