A couple of years back I was let go from a job that I had for 13 and a half years. It was a punch in the stomach and an opportunity to teach our little guy some lessons about change. Instead of Momma being around it was dada. In between looking for a new job, I got to learn a number of new life lessons about being a stay at home dad. I won’t lie, there are certain aspects I miss about it.
Fast forward two years and a new industry later, and I work in honestly the greatest job ever! Such a great company, for a great salary and awesome people. One of the more interesting things in the office is a slide.
…you read that right, a slide. In our office. To get from the 2nd floor to the 1st floor, there is a stainless steel slide. And it is FAAASSSSST! I try to make sure I take it at least twice a day. Never have I been happier to have to go to a meeting on another floor. This past Friday our little guy got to come to the new office for the first time. He rode the slide over and over and over again. So what are the lessons here? What does a stainless steel slide teach us?
The first that comes to mind, is that you are never too old to play. You are never too old to ride a slide. As long as you are physically able, take advantage of doing the fun thing. Take that slide, ride that roller coaster, ride that bicycle, play that game.
The second, and something I consider pretty important, work can indeed be fun. Love what you do and where you do it. I am so blessed and fortunate to love where I work. Love who I work with, love what I do. I know so many people who feel trapped and unhappy in their job. I want my little man to know that work does enable you to pay the bills, but it doesn’t have to be soulless.
I know there are going to be many lessons to teach him about life as we continue the great adventure we are on. but I hope these two sink in and I hope to be able to reinforce them over the years.