So a few days ago, we had an enormous storm hit where I live and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen one do as much damage as this one. I swear I thought there was a hurricane outside (even though we can’t get them where I live). We got really lucky and didn’t have any damage that I couldn’t fix up myself. The whole time the storm was going on I was just picturing my basement glass door breaking open and releasing the flood gates. Buuuuut luckily my house survived it and didn’t cost me any money. Picture this but at night with crazy rain and lightning, and maybe without the fun music.
I think I might be a little jaded when it comes to big storms because I used to work for a tree service company back in the day for a little over 8 years. Why would this make me hate storms you may ask? Well whenever a big storm came around, that meant a living hell for the next week. If you’ve never had a tree torn down in a storm consider yourself lucky. It’s expensive if you’re not cleaning it up and it absolutely SUCKS if you are among the lucky ones to clear up the mess.
Just seeing pictures like this gives the chills from all the memories and work I had to do. Some jobs took up to a week to totally finish up and when a big storm hit our phones would ring off the hook for days. We really couldn’t keep up sometimes.
Those days are OVER!!!
So I can pretty safely say that I hated my life during those 8 years of working with trees. It was a pretty dead end job because I had 0 passion for it and never wanted to own my own tree company or manage for one by any means. For the most part, I worked with absolute animals. I mean that in a good way. Seriously, these guys were crazy. Every night was a party after work and they drank like fish. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely like to have a good time and back in the day I could put away enough Johnny Walker (black label only of course) to put a horse to sleep but these days my body just isn’t what it used to be and I have to be prepared to spend the next 24 hours in my bed if I’m gonna throw a few back.
After years of hard manual labor and ridiculous hours to make ends meet, I decided to go back to school and finally get my degree. I was terrified to do it for years and was always afraid of being that old creepy guy in the back with all these 20 something year old kids around me judging. Turns out it wasn’t at all the horror movie that my mind convinced itself it would be.
Now here I am, early 30’s single guy working in a corporate office that I never thought i would be doing and I am LOVING it. I am a software engineer for an upcoming company and I make great money without the worry of throwing out my back and being bed ridden for weeks on any given day.
So for anyone reading this that is considering going back to school, DO IT!! Stay tuned to my blog for reasons why this was the best decision I’ve ever made.