When I had my 9-5 job I always found it interesting how many people would be doing some other entertaining activity other than going to work. For example I would see the guy about my age running or walking his dog or maybe riding his bike with a huge smile on his face. I would ask myself What is that guy doing?, How can he be running when everyone is going to work?. On other occasions I would have a meeting close to the beach and I would see several guys my age walking around with their swimming shorts, maybe surfing or just hanging out and would ask How can they do that? should they not be at a meeting or something more productive?
The one that would really push my buttons was when I would drop off my son at school in a hurry because I had to get to work on time. As I walked to drop him off I would see a smiling Dad in his flip flops dropping off his son and once again I would ask “How the hell can they do that?”.
Today I can say I am that Dad, the flip flop Dad, I took my son to school we drove slowly talked about the book we are both reading as we drove listening to music. I took the time to walk him to the door at school, kissed him goodbye and smiled. As I walked by I saw another Dad, another flip flop Dad and we had a mental high five and said “Yes we can do this”.
This is pure motivation to continue on this path, work to live not live to work.