Work, now we have all done it/doing it (unless of course you are filthy rich, in which case, you must be bored!)…what a difference there is as we get older!
I was made to think about this as I heard about an ex-collegue who had been laid off (well, I think he was asked to leave…just from what I heard!) after he had been with that company for many, many years.
When I worked for that company I loved it, yes, I did! I left it in 2012 to move, and then spent a year afterwards wanting to go back to it. I missed the people, I missed the structure, and I missed the venues I had been running.
However, there was something that made me leave it…. Grass is always greener when you look back! I know it was the fact that I was getting stressed over silly little things, and working around the clock, this is not good for anyone. Although the company was great, when you did something wonderful it was applauded, but what they were not good at was helping when things were not going so well. In fact, I saw many others leave (not of their own free will I might add) who were excellent at their roles, just having a hard time, at that moment in time. Of course, it happens in other companies as well, but this one I do remember it being quite prevalent. It is just that you can’t see it until you have left!
It wasn’t until 2013 that I realised that this company was not the ‘be all and end all’ of the world, and that, in effect, I was only bettering (if thats a word!) myself by working for different companies and for myself.
I have learnt so much over the last few years, much more than I ever learnt with said company. Yes, they did teach me alot, but I have learnt so much more without them.
Why? I think it is because I am getting older. I realise now that companies you work for are not the ‘be all and end all’ of everything. I realise that there is so much more to life. I understand now what is important and what isn’t.
Yes, I still work hard, and yes, I put my all into any role I have…but I do know now when to stop. I don’t have to be on call 24/7. It doesn’t matter if I miss a call or don’t reply straight away to an email. Life is too short! Lets face it, big company CEO’s don’t respond straight away on things…even Donald (for all his faults!) still finds time to play golf (although, how in the job he is in, I have no idea!!)
I am almost a bit selfish now (well, I should be as a MAGS!!), and put myself before any job now. I want to spend time on myself, my husband, my son, and yes, even my pet bunny rabbit (no, not that type of rabbit, the one in the photo!!). I want to read a good book and fall asleep whilst reading it!
So, what have I learnt as I get older? I have learnt that it is ok to be selfish occasionally, it is ok to not work around the clock, and it is ok to like the simple things in life! It is ok to still love your work, but not want to do it 7 days a week!
I know, I know, the Millennials seem to already have this down pat. Ever employed one? They are all about the time they need off etc.
Its just that it has taken me all these years to work this out! (maybe it is nothing to do with getting older, maybe I am just a slow learner! Hehehe!)
Right, must get back to doing some work now…after all, I want to finish on time early enough to be able to spend some time with my wonderful husband (and Bunny rabbit!!)