Surf’s up… It’s just a job.

19 07 2016

“I sometimes struggle, because my job is like the antithesis of what surfing is all about.  Surfing is simple.  It’s real.” ~ Paul Walker

This quote is poignant for a few reasons.  Not only did Paul Walker die while playing in one of the fast and furious cars that made his career, but he also thought all the cars, hot actresses that he got paid to kiss, and otherwise being a movie star was WORK.  No matter how cool your job, if you have to show up at the right time, in the right uniform, when you want to sleep in – then it’s work, folks.  You get paid to do it, and have to do it even if you don’t feel like it.  The stuff you get paid for is work.  The stuff you use that money for is play.

Just a little perspective from beyond the grave.  No matter how bad your day is, it’s just a job.  When work gets you so worked up that your blood pressure spikes, your nose bleeds and/or you cry at the office, then you’re taking the job a little too seriously.  Relax, at the end of the day you get to go home, and PLAY.  Just do your best, hope nobody dies, recharge your batteries and deal with the reality that is the work-life balance as best you can, because, indeed, it IS just a job.  If you’re lucky, it’s a job you love, and feel rewarded doing it.  If you’re unlucky, just put your head down, and slog through the day as best you can (and maybe think about finding a job you don’t hate).  Spending your life doing work you hate makes for a short, unhappy life.   Life’s short enough.

Speaking of surfing (and a short life)…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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