I have a dear co-worker who sits next to me everyday at work. He brings me a banana for breakfast every morning, reads the newspaper with me at lunch and warms my hands when they are cold. Needless to say, he’s an important part of my day. Recently this co-worker suffered a significant health scare which has really shaken up our office. This scare is so significant that he will be on medical leave for the foreseeable future and I am left with no one to bring me bananas anymore.
This co-worker has worked in our office for 10 years and is a “go-to guy” when people have questions or guidance. Suddenly everyone is realizing how much we depend on him. But more poignantly, people are looking at themselves, their own mortality and wondering if they are truly living “their best life” or just going through the motions.
I see the questions on the faces of the rest of the my co-workers. “What if it was me? What if something like this happens to me? Life is too short. Is what I’m doing truly making me happy?”. I admit, I’ve been questioning also. I enjoy my job, I love my team, but there are other things which I yearn to do and tackle. Why have I been so lazy? So complacent? Such a procrastinator?
In the last few days, some very exciting projects and opportunities have presented themselves, which will allow me to continue to do job that I enjoy but also feed my need for creativity. Its almost as if the universe is telling me something.. and I hear them loud and clear!
Now if someone can tell me how to: work full-time, raise a family, cook nutritious meals, keep a perfectly clean house, do these side projects, socialize with family and friends, without being completely exhausted, I would appreciate it!