As I work on writing my second book, it hit me that I have been working in my career for 29 years. I’ve been telling everyone it’s been 27 years now, (which seems like just a year), but when I did the math over the weekend, I realized it’s now over 29 years. This gives me pause. Time has slipped away so quickly. I now have friends retiring, holy cow, and I’m not anywhere close to that!
I had a quick breakfast this morning with a friend from church. We covered the gamut on topics, including working out of a coffee shop and the value there. I told him he had great insight on his places.☺One of our topics was on ‘time’ – our personal time. This is the most valuable element we possess. Where we spend it says a lot about who we are and sometimes, a lot about what we have.
As I reflect on the choices I’ve made about my career over these 29 years, I selfishly think about all the money I could have made and the places I could have gone.
As I’m just about to arrive for a morning meeting, one of my daughters calls me about an interview she’s getting ready for tomorrow, and we walk through it and her prep to ‘put her best foot forward’. Then I get a text message from my oldest daughter, sending me a picture of her and her husband over the weekend at some store.
One of the things I’ve seen and realized is there is no second chance to be there for your kids and family. You can’t replace the time.
So, as I look at my retirement and bank account, I try not to get depressed and focus on these sweet relationships and the investment I’ve made in my kids and family. In the end, those are the things that truly count more than money.