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WFH won’t get old for me

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I read a few stories on people getting tired or stressed out working from home. The lack of boundaries in hours for the job to trying to work in a home environment with family around. Not this kid. If I never have to go to the office again but to sign retirement papers, that is just fine with me.

Of course, I’m in a far different place than most of the working world. I’m hoping to be within 5 years of retirement. It was 3 before this virus hit but this is going to push it back I believe.

Anyway back to the OFFICE. If I were 20-40 years younger I can understand that draw, that need, that desire, that longing to return to friends and teams of people. To connect and laugh TOGETHER. To feel accomplishment TOGETHER. To morn and commiserate TOGETHER. To form a plan, get buy-in, motivate, and launch it TOGETHER. To see first-hand everyone’s hard work and contributions TOGETHER. To celebrate TOGETHER.

Pit crew – surgery in progress. Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s not that I don’t like my job or don’t miss those together things but my job has changed a lot over the last 5-6 years, I work more independently and fairly isolated. And in the last 10-15 years, most all with the exception of a few long term work relationships ended due to retirements, buyouts, or positions eliminated. So those real tight relationships aren’t there as they once were.

I do miss my bigger monitors. Photo by Mike Hartley

That doesn’t mean there aren’t people there I care about. Or that I don’t miss them and some personal interaction. I’m just at a point of my life where that long commute and parking cost and microwaving meals and high rise office life has lost its appeal.

So back to my home office work with a smile on my face.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • That John Deere tractor just keeps knocking down the years.
  • I’m wondering if I can get in better shape than I was decades ago?
  • I laughed with a best friend today.
  • I can’t get over the beauty of summertime.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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