Doesn’t Anyone Around Here Work?

My ride!

My ride!

Sitting outside the local coffee shop, leisurely scanning my twitter in a beautiful tree-lined Toronto neighbourhood, a mid-aged man wearing a grocery store uniform passes and casually says to the younger man by his side, “Doesn’t anyone around here work”.

I couldn’t help but think he was taking about me. Truth be told, I hope he was.

My eyes followed as the two men passed me and entered the coffee shop. I smiled to myself but couldn’t help but feel a little indignant. I have a job. A good one, a tough one that keeps me very busy. It can be stressful at times, but is also thoroughly rewarding.

So why then, on this first day of school, is it the ‘first day of no school’ for me?

Well, the fact that I’m sitting here under this tree, sipping on my latte, on this sunny September morning is not a matter of luck. It’s not for a lack of work either. Quite the opposite in fact. Because of a lot of hard work, a little bit of planning and a ton of courage, here I am. And the best part is, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

So, good for me, right? Well, there is good news for you too. Simply, if I can do it, so can you! More on that later because for now, I am going to ride my bike and thoroughly enjoy my first day of no school.


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