I was sitting in my recliner, looking out at the heavy snow falling today. It made me think of another snowstorm long ago. It made me think about how things have changed….how I have changed.
I had just started my first full-time job and no one had my phone number to call and tell me not to show up for work…during a blizzard. I went; I was carpooling with my dad back then because we both worked downtown. It was the legendary (in our area ) Blizzard of 78. My dad and I both went to work in my 1967 Buick. We both came home early together.
I have to say, it would have never occurred to 19-year-old me NOT to show up for work. Now, as an older adult, you do not have to ask me twice if I want to take a snow day – whether I get paid for it or not. It doesn’t have to be particularly dangerous – just really snowy or really cold – for me to call and tell my boss “I’m not coming.”
It isn’t that I have become less reliable as an employee, it’s just that I’ve become more sensible as a person. I have a better balance in my life. My job is how I get money to live. It isn’t a career. It isn’t my life. It’s just a living.
Now, I really like my job – I am a church secretary and bookkeeper – but I am confident could find another…and I would like that one, too. I feel a freedom regarding my job, or changing jobs, and regarding life in general, that I did not feel as a younger person. That is a positive change.
When forecasters call for the mother-of -all-snowstorms to come down on us, I think back to the Blizzard of 78 and think – “I’ve seen worse.” The creative terms they use to describe the storms do a disservice to the public – hysteria reigns. This is a big change from 1978. Because the weather is delivered in such a sensational way, because the the computer generated models are taken as gospel, people are fearful. When the storm doesn’t develop as predicted, we and venture out during the next storm, when we shouldn’t. This is a negative change.
So, if I’m not keen of forecasts, how do I know when to stay home? I take my dogs out. If I have to push them out the back door due to the extreme cold; if the gate or garage door is frozen shut, if the snow is drifted up to my knees…I stay home. Yup, common sense.