Sunday, July 11, 2021

Everything is about to change. And that's a good thing.

I hope you didn't look at that headline and expect me to talk today about some sweeping trend or societal shift that's going to affect your life. I was talking about my own life. As far as I know, yours is likely to continue on its orderly (or not so orderly) way.

It's just that tomorrow is my first official day working at Goodyear, and I couldn't be happier about it. I'm going to resurrect a blog post from 2013 in which I talked about how I good I am at being the new guy in the office. I expect nothing different from this gig.

But the return of full-time employment also means a departure from the relatively leisurely schedule I've been enjoying for the past 3+ months. I get a lot done most days because I like being productive, but I've been able to do it all on my own time and at my own pace.

That changes tomorrow. Suddenly, I'm going to have meetings to attend again, some in person and some virtual. I'll have deadlines to hit and obligations to co-workers. I'm good with all of that, but when you've been away from it for a while, it takes some readjusting.

There's also the matter of a few leisure-time activities and how they're going to fit into the life of Working Scott vs. that of Unemployed Scott. Just to name three:

  • The saxophone: I play my horn almost every day, and since January I've been doing online lessons with my teacher Ed every Monday at 5:30pm. Practice time will now have to be fit into a much smaller window during the evenings. And if I'm in the office on Mondays, I don't think I can get home in time for a 5:30 lesson. So something's going to have to change.

  • Writing blog posts: Since April, I've been doing my blog writing every morning right after breakfast. That doesn't work on weekdays anymore, so again, we're looking at evening time for writing. My goal is to maintain an every-day blog, but I'll admit new jobs have gotten in the way of that in the past, so I don't know what's coming.

  • P.A. announcing: I've made this work with full-time employment before, so it's not like this is new territory. But my office is now 44 miles from home, and there will undoubtedly be days I have to be there late. Again, like everything else, it's going to be a balancing act in which I'll occasionally be going directly from Akron to the Wickliffe High School press box without a stop at home to change or eat. I'll live.
It goes without saying that I would rather have a job than not have a job, but getting a taste of a semi-retired life when you're not yet in a position (age-wise or financially) to maintain it can be dangerous. The dose of discipline that comes with reentering the workforce is probably coming at just the right time.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on your new position, Scott! All of us who know you have no doubts that you will make the adjustment very successfully. We look forward to hearing how it goes!