Guy I See Going to Work Every Day

Almost every day that I walk to the Metro, I see this guy:

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And he always is in such a hurry to get to work, like he is power walking instead of just walking to the Metro at 8:00 am.   And I can never figure out if he’s genuinely that enthusiastic about his work, or if he’s rushing because he’s caught up in the frenetic worry of his job.

On the one hand, I think it’s exciting to love your job so much.  On the other, if he is of the latter variety, it’s really sad.  I hope that when I’m his age, I’m more excited about my family than my job.  While my career is definitely a priority for me and something that is important to my sanity and well-being, it will never be something for which I sacrifice my leisure and family time.

For example, while I enjoy working hard and being challenged,  I would never want a job that had me traveling 100% of the time, or one where I had to work overtime 50 weeks of the year, because by the time I’m his age and look back at my life, I don’t want a world of Mondays, e-mails, and conference meetings to be what I take out of it.  I want it to be these and these and these and these and these things.

Is there a balance, especially for women?  Yes, but it is almost as much work as the work itself.

Vicki

2 thoughts on “Guy I See Going to Work Every Day

  1. Vicki, it could be that he is trying to “impress” his pedometer or his Fitbit activity tracker device. I do this sometimes, esp when I have not clocked my daily steps and I have to pound the pavement in a rush to get them clocked. (Besides to be able to walk at a clip in one’s 50s or later is an achievement that is worth celebrating on its own).

    Also people, who love their jobs/ work/ calling, never have to retire. I know at least three persons (aged 70, 76 and 79) who still work 5-6 days a week and enjoy all the stimulation that results from working with new ideas, new tech and new people. None of them needs the money, all have close-knit families and grandchildren they communicate regularly with, all have hobbies and rich lives and friends. They wake with a spring in their step at the thought of another day. It is most fantastic and inspiring talking with them. They keep up with things and are delightful and instructive company. Sometimes I worry for cultures that force their elders to retire into old-age homes and lose all the benefit of their wisdom and their Weltanschauung. :-/

    1. I’m not knocking loving work as long as you are able to do it and as long as it fulfills you. I know I’d be bored out of my mind if I weren’t working and constantly being challenged. I’m just picking up on the Western concept of valuing work above all here. After all, in the U.S. employers are not required by law to give any vacation days. And that’s what makes me sad.

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