I can’t describe how amazing it feels to be able to come home from a job and not have to work. Not be expected to save a company’s network from crashing weekly. There were so many 2am nights followed by 7am mornings it was ridiculous. I’ve always been bad at balancing my work and my personal life, mostly because I’ve had nothing to really care about in my personal life until having this family. I spent the majority of the first year of my first son’s life traveling for a company that paid extremely well which allowed me to provide for my wife and son, but they didn’t care about me or my family. When I was home, I was working. I don’t regret many things, but I will always regret that year. Being broke with your family is better than having a lot of money and never seeing them. I promise you.
This is me now, after spending the evening playing with my son, getting him fed and bathed and ready for bed. Now I’m just sitting here doing nothing hanging out at my desk, with those big dumb monitors that I spent so many late nights staring at. Working a job that doesn’t pay quite as well, but it’s a company that truly cares about the work-life balance. The picture on the right is one that my wife took at 2-3am the night before our anniversary when I had to address yet another emergency. A week after she took that picture, I left the company. I realized that night and the next day just how big of a mistake I was making. If something didn’t change, I may not have a family to come back to. I post this because I hope it gets through to someone reading it. I don’t have a big family. We were never close. I have lived hours and hours away from my parents since I was 17. I’m 34 now. I went years without seeing them or my sister because I was “too busy”. After I got out of the Marines, I spent the majority of my adult life working, neglecting friendships and relationships, and living alone. Don’t be like I was. Family is more important than money, or anything. I promise. Make time for them.
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