I take pride in being really good at school. I loved school. All of it. Crafts in preschool, Colonial Days in elementary school, Algebra in middle school, my GPA in high school, acting classes in college, and marketing projects in grad school – I loved it all.
There is something really appealing to me about being assigned a task, working hard, executing it perfectly, and then… this is the important part… GETTING A GRADE for it. That affirmation is something that I was sorely missing when I entered the working world. I may have even asked my first project manager to give me an “A” on my first final process map. He did. 🙂
Here’s what I want to say today though: Life is not about achievements, life is about people.
They don’t teach you in school that you’re doing all this work and getting all these grades so that you can get a job and support a family. Or if you don’t want a family to take a trip with your cousin to France.
The thing is, work is just work. It doesn’t mean anything if you can’t share it with someone.
I’ve become increasingly blessed to realize how important my relationships are in my life.
Grandpa had surgery this morning to fix his broken leg and he came through like a champ. We’ve got weeks of recovery and rehab to help him through but instead of looking at it as a chore, today I realized that things like rehab are the meat of life. The everyday minutia with our families and friends are part of it all. Part of what makes it good. They don’t teach you that in school.