Perseverance


     The past two months have been overflowing with work. For myself personally, I love to work. For obvious reasons I need to work as most people do.

     I grew up working, starting when I was 8 years old I was cutting wood and snow blowing the driveway. My father travelled for work so while he was on the road, I was the stand-in father, and developed a work ethic similar to his.

     Last month, my GM called me needing volunteers to work Easter Sunday, which I happily accepted and then volunteered to work six day work weeks. I never complain, or shy away from the drive time to each job location or how much work that I have to complete each day.

     Working as hard as I have for so long and not really knowing why, parting ways with friends because they become frustrated that I work this much and don't want to do much on my day off besides lay around all day and spend time with my family. Now a couple days ago I asked my dad about this and he gave me this...


     "You work this hard now, because subconsciously you hope that you won't have to later on in life. The first 20 years of your life are spent in the follies of youth, taking part in reckless activities and gallivanting. The next 20 are spent working and busting your butt to take care of your family. And the last 20 are for you. But if you extend the follies of youth beyond the first 20 years, you'll hit a wall and have to work twice as hard to make up for lost time."

     I'm unsure if he came up with that or if he read it somewhere. But I skipped the follies of youth for the most part  although still doing some ignorant stuff. What he told me made perfect sense. But I believe it goes deeper than that.

     I want to change my circumstances,  I want to make things better, and I will. Just as my father had done before me. There are obviously many people like this, that will never accept things for the way that they are. That stare down every ounce of adversity with stary eyes and a full heart, and at the end of the day, they get the job done and move on to the next, and will never stop.

     I'm so thankful to have been able to grow up in this environment, and to surround myself with men and women that have similar work ethics.

     I will never accept that this is as good as things get, and hope that anyone that reads this will feel the same.


Good luck, and Stay safe out there!

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