One thing that I truly appreciate with my new job is time. I never realized just how much of an effect that going to school and working the graveyard shift had on my outlook on life, my mental and physical health and on my relationship with my family.
Ever since I started my new job, I’ve lost five pounds. I’m a lot happier that I have been in years. But most importantly, I am able to go out with my family without having the need to sleep all day. I sleep when they sleep. I play when they want to play. I can do the things that I need to do in order to be with them as much as I can. My wife now has a little bit more time to do the other things she wants to do. We have more time to spend together and it feels so good! My children… well, I actually get to the see them for once.
However, I know that the past four years were worth it. I am quite certain that if I hadn’t completed my education, I’d still be stuck on graveyard shift. My life wouldn’t have improved…. and I’d be wondering, 30 years down the road, “Where did all of the time go?” I am so thankful for the opportunity to go to school and for the fine teaching at the Capilano School of Business. It was the best decision to go there, and it was the best decision to stay to finish it off.
And now, I feel like the world is open to me now. I can now seriously think about completing a Masters Degree. I can now seriously think about planning a truly rewarding career that takes into account our financial needs and wants, our family time and our future goals. It will not be dictated by a smoker’s club of supervisors, as it was in my last place of employment. Because I finished my schooling, it will be dictated by my performance, my passion and the hand of God, as it has always been.
I hope to take full advantage of this new found time. There is so much to do. It’s not time to rest now.