99 WORDS...AND A LITTLE BIT MORE
The key turns in the lock, alarm disengaged, morning routine starts for yet another chaotic day in the corporate world. Responsibilities added to more responsibility. Nothing short of every facet of the job, the business, piles up on the desk in front of you with the full expectation of being wonder woman, capable of accomplishing all. For what? There is no vested interest, no visible gratitude…No more! The steps to recovery are in place. A routine of quiet days that flow into moonlit nights with a dollop of shenanigans thrown in for good measure, patiently waits your arrival.
The words, “Life got in the way,” was never an excuse. Let’s face it, life travels on for all of us regardless of what happens on a day to day basis. That journey became part of the bigger plan. Learning curves and collecting a bounty of knowledge in a plethora of topics.
I will be the first to tell you that all of those topics were not necessarily high on my radar of doing or sharing. However, they are now in my mind encyclopaedia, available for me to draw on to enhance the areas I am passionate about.
All of the years I was employed in the corporate world, I gathered information, became knowledgeable and proficient in as many facets of running a business as possible. Everything from accounting, logistics, dealing with difficult people, and finding the right suppliers.
Believe me when I say decades of working for someone else paid off about fifteen years ago when Steve and I decided to start our own company. The what to do and not do in the corporate world of small business was already ingrained within the grey cells.
Stepping away from years of others determining when I could take time for me was fairly easy. I brought with me experiences and knowledge that can never be taken away. Old school, work every time ways that migrated over the years to technology makes it easier ways. Behind our backs, there is a younger generation shaking their heads at our old fashioned tactics of doing business. They can laugh all they want because at the end of the day, I can provide a set of corporate books without the use of a computer program.
We slowly maneuvered the ducks into a row, building the foundation of our own company. Although there are still times it’s more like trying to herd cats, but that’s what keeps it fun.
Is retiring from the so called real world a case of jumping from the frying pan into the fire? Maybe so, but now it’s my door to unlock and my fire to fuel or snuff out. The hours I work and projects I work on, became my decision to make.
I am happy to embrace at least part of the life I thought I wanted, needed and envisioned so many, many years ago. There is so much to look forward to when you escape from the corral through the gate of, ‘Here I Come’.
Every brings thoughts of projects I am working on - shall I spend the day writing, reading, baking - try something new - maybe some gravel travel. Now that makes me laugh, because any day, other than when we are entertaining a blizzard or 40 degrees below zero, is a good day for gravel travel.