Promotions are a function of proximity. My oldest son started his career during the covid pandemic. He worked for his firm for a full year without ever visiting that firms office. Now that the world is entering the endemic phase of the Covid 19 virus he has of course visited the office but his in person schedule is still a little flexible.
There are business coaches who are now encouraging young people to get back into the office even if it is optional. Putting in face time really matters. People are social and physical creatures and connections matter. I have been reading and listening to many experts weigh in on the way the current and future workspaces look and every time I hear and read about the physical office and facetime I cannot help but think about the song (They Long to Be) Close to You by the Carpenters.
I am also reminded of a movie starring Bruce Willis called Surrogates. In the movie the whole world lives in their homes and send out surrogate bodies to the physical world to work and do their business. The movie is a dark sci fi movie and you learn the importance of connection to the visceral in the movie.
No matter how much human beings try to remove themselves from other humans and the physical world the fact that we are part of community and the physical world is inescapable.
The importance of showing up is often not given as much credit as it should be.
Today is Bootsy Collins Birthday. Bootsy Collins was the Bassist for James brown and The Parliament-Funkadelic. Bootsy Collins is incredibly talented and a hard worker in the music community. The man hasn’t stopped making an incredible impact on music since the 60’s.
Today he no longer plays the bass in concert because of doctors orders but he still teaches musicians how to play the bass through a school he founded.
The goal for many workers is retirement but when you are doing something you are passionate about I don’t think many ever really retire. They continue to work in their passion and help others.
The major problem I see is that there are many folks out there not working in their passions. We have to pay bills and taxes and often our passions do not provide bill and tax money.
My hope is that everyone gets the chance to engage in their passions more often. I think if everyone was doing what they love for a living than living would be that much better.
Happy Friday everyone or whatever day it is that you are reading this post. I am typing these words on a Friday and I feel like the song by the O’Jays titled “Living for the Weekend”. I plan on having a really good time downtown after work today I really do.
Let me just sit down And relax a minute Let me tell you about it
Aha, it’s Friday Oh ho, thank God, it’s Friday And I just got paid
Going across town Gonna pick up my lady Have a little bit of fun Just ain’t no telling Where I might end up
You might see me on the east side Ha, the west side I’m even going cross the bridge ‘Cause I, ’cause I, ’cause I hear They really get down over there
Owe it to myself (Well, well, I) Gonna party (Well, well, I) Gonna party
I owe it to myself (Well, well, I) Oh, party, party
I’m just living, yeah (Living for the weekend) Woo hoo, said I’ma (Living for the weekend)
I said right now, I’m (Living for the weekend) I said this evening (Living for the weekend)
For the next two days (Living for the weekend) Gonna have a real good time (Living for the weekend)
Gonna have a real, real Real good time (Living for the weekend) Gonna party hard, hard
Come on, y’all Let’s go downtown Come on, y’all Let’s groove, hey, hey
Monday to Thursday I’m dead on my feet Most of the time too tired to eat When I try to read the paper I fall fast asleep
But as soon as Friday rolls around I lay all my weekly burdens down I put on my glad rags And paint the town
Friday night alive (Living for the weekend) Said, I’m living for the weekend (Living for the weekend) Don’t stop when I party down
Party hard, party down Party hard, party down
Soon as on Monday Rolls around again I got to put all that Partying to an end
Got to solve that same old grind With those five day week Sometimes, I get frustrated Through the day, take off early And a cut in pay
At the time, I don’t really care Because I done took All that I can bear
That’s when I party down Party hard, party down
Those are some amazing lyrics and I really do enjoy the weekends. I am beholden to no one (sort of) on the weekends and can spend my time with family and friends.
I worked at a factory a few times and experienced rigid scheduling, that was when I truly found joy in a weekend or days off. Later in life I took jobs that were less rigid in schedule and I still love weekends but I am finding some joy in my actual work.
I think that there is nothing wrong with loving weekends but if we are “living for the weekends” what is happening on the week days?
I have tried and continue to try to enjoy everyday and every minute week or weekend be dammed if I am breathing I am going to try to enjoy myself. I will always love that song and my weekends but I am going to also make it a point to love; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as well and so should you.