This morning, after making my lunch, and pouring myself a bowl of cereal, I was looking around my place. Usually, I like to keep things fairly tidy at my place. Sink empty, counters cleared, everything in its place and all that.
Currently, my place does not look like that.
Right now, we are approximately 3 days from a major delivery at our office and we have all been working long hours, yesterday I worked 12.5 hours, today will be longer. Were you mathematically inclined, the obvious formula would be that as number of hours increases 24, tidiness in the home (and possibly other aspects of one’s life) goes to zero.
This happens with every major project. Delays get introduced, things don’t get done on time, one way or another, we’re behind schedule. So, we go crazy. We spend way too much time at the office. We don’t see our girlfriend, our wife, our kids, our books, our movies, our games, or even our beds as often as we want. We know that it will happen, even if some of us try to fool ourselves into thinking that this time it will be different. It isn’t.
Why do we do this?
To make things better. For those of you that are married, you do it because we want things to be better for your significant others. For those of you with kids, you do it to provide a better life for them.
What about those of us who are single? Well, I’d love to say we do it to for some noble reason like the last two, or even just to meet chicks/dudes, but really? We do it because that’s our job. We want to further our careers; we want something better in life and working hard is a way of making that happen. So yes, we too want to make things better, though perhaps in a more selfish way.
Right now, it’s a little after 7 in the morning. I’m about to go upstairs and finish my morning routine. You know what I’m most looking forward to today?
Talking to my friends. I don’t have a bunch of coworkers so much as a bunch of friends that I happen to work with/for. That’s what makes days like this tolerable. We know that we will be in all weekend, we know that we will be working our asses off, but we also know that when we need to, we can make things jocular and cheer ourselves up.
Who knows, maybe the next project really will be different and we won’t have this section where our personal lives suffer because we no longer have time for anything more than just the basics while we are home.
(Uneditor’s note (IE Jon): ROFL. Like that’ll ever happen)