A couple of years ago, I realized that I needed to make major changes in my life. I had just ended a long-term relationship, my job was driving me crazy and I had really lost my joy for living.
I had plenty of money in the bank from working such long hours, so I decided to take three months off from my job and try to discover what would truly make me happy.
I had a great time exploring everything from circus workshops to volunteering at soup kitchens. I learned some new skills, made plenty of mistakes and met a host of wonderful new people. However, the most important lesson that I learned during my exploration was that I needed to trust myself and follow my heart. No one is responsible for my happiness except me.
After my three months off, I decided to quit my job and return to school. I’m not making as much money now, but I am so much happier and more content.
I was traveling with my wife for, what we thought would be, a nice little three day holiday — taking some time away from work. We decided to stay at one of the Premier Inn Manchester hotels, because she had received some good info from a website. She made the reservations, we printed out our maps, set the GPS, and we were set.
When checking into the hotel, the desk manager asked us if we were the Greg’s. We were, so I said, “yes.” While that WAS our name, and I thought they were expecting us, we were, in fact, different Greg’s. But, it turned out well. Their room (which was now OUR room) was all paid for. And here is the best part, they NEVER showed up. So, we got to stay at a really nice hotel, and by sheer dumb luck, we did not have to pay for it!
What is it about aging, that we don’t like? Think about it! We started out wearing diapers or nappies as they call them in other countries. Adult nappies are the new fashion statement. The days of sneezing, coughing, laughing and crying are upon us. Thank goodness for Nappies. There are more ads in newspapers and telelevion. Soon there will be designer Nappies, like their infant and toddler nappy counterparts. Nappies are no longer for incontinence only. Think about the teacher, who has to teach and doesn’t get a break because he/she puts his students first. Think about the bus driver on a long tour. Sure the bus has restroom, but who will drive the bus. Nappies, a most utilitarian idea. Nappies can come in all shapes, sizes, colors and styles. No matter what the occasion, there’s a Nappie for every situation.
Our crew headed out to west 7th street on a job, the first job of the day, and I was still looking to my coffee to wake me up some. Apparently a fire had gutted a local bar, famous for their Jucy Lucys (if you don’t know what a Jucy Lucy is, then you’ve been missing out).
So we pull up to the place, The Corner Bar, and it’s a real mess. Luckily for the other businesses, the fire only partially destroyed the bar leaving enough cushion between the other stores. Unfortunately for the crew, we had to work in a tight space to extract what was left of the burger joint. We could see the other business owners lining up to oversee the operation, like a bunch of union guys working on a highway (heh). I just shrugged, picked up my maul; the life of a commercial demolition worker.
I woke up this morning with a killer back ache. Yesterday, we had some horrible weather in my area, and a storm dumped two feet of snow on us. I spent several hours yesterday evening digging my car out, and shoveling out my driveway and walkway. I could tell that my back was beginning to be sore as I finished the shoveling. But then something happened to ensure that my back would kill me today, I slipped on ice and fell down hard. I laid on the ground for several minutes, twisting in pain, and shivering from the cold. When I managed to finally get up, I hobbled into the house to discuss with my wife the possibility of moving to Florida. I guess the lesson here is to remember to treat your walkway with rock salt so ice doesn’t form, and so you don’t slip on ice and injure your back.