Monday, July 28, 2014

Insight - The plight of the working woman

This is going to be one of those columns. For years I had a flexible schedule and if I wanted to swim on a 90 degree day, I could. Deadlines I made for myself were flexible. Spending the day in the water was the best thing I could think of. It still is. 
This is my second summer with a hard deadline on Wednesday (the day we go to press). We lay out the paper, write stories and finalize everything for the week. It’s busy. 

Today is an amazing summer day. Many people are posting photos of their trip to the beach, be it ocean or lake. And, oh my, I’m jealous. I shouldn’t be…I love my job. I also love water.

I never understood the demands of the working mom or anyone, who had to be at her desk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

When searching for a job, I now understand how important it is to find one with paid days off or at least days off to spend with the family or by yourself soaking in vitamin D and reading a book. 

I am thankful that my job is still flexible. Yesterday, I snuck away for an hour or so on a “lunch break” to cool off in a pool. I made the time up late last night, see…flexible. 

How do people who have “regular” jobs do it? Is it that they don’t know what it’s like to have the whole summer off? Or perhaps they would rather take long vacations to exotic places during the winter. I don’t know the answer to that question, but I’d like to know. 

Is there a mindset for people who love their jobs and want to work all day and play all night? 

One perk of being inside on a day like today…air conditioning. For the construction workers on River Road or anywhere in the area…stay cool and hydrated and if you can…sneak away for a “cool” lunch break.

-Michelle Libby

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