Making It LOOK Easy

Posted on April 27, 2011 by - Also by this author

A spontaneous day off was just what I needed. I took Monday off this week. It wasn’t planned and there was no compelling reason to do so. It just seemed like a good thing to do. I took my wife to lunch at our favorite restaurant where we could dine al fresco with our dogs on the patio.
While it was one day of my life, I received comments such as, “Must be nice,” and “You live such a fun life.”  The comments from friends seemed almost envious in nature. It made me think about how often I have a perception of the lives of people in my social circle and how much time off they always seem to have. They always seem to have so much fun. I AM envious! However, I know that what we see and hear about from our friends’ lives are the good stuff and it seem like it is all fun and games.
People see my Facebook posts and assume that my life is one big party. They see me wine tasting one day, at a backyard barbecue the next, and everything looks fantastic. In reality, I don’t post when I am doing things that are not fun, like working on payroll tax forms or paying bills. I don’t post about limos having mechanical problems and trying to beat the clock on a repair being completed in time for the vehicle’s next scheduled trip.
I look at my cousin Jamie and her life as a pharmaceutical rep traveling all over the globe. One day she is in Puerto Rico, and the next day in Aspen, Col. She even made a stop at the International LCT Show in Las Vegas to visit. From what I hear, she left an impression on that Show that will last a lifetime for many industry people that had the opportunity to meet her. I am sure there is much more to her life than what I saw there, but I remain envious of her life.
Then, there is my friend Russ. Russ owns an incredible restaurant. We do road trips together on occasion and they must be planned well in advance. My perception of his life is he wakes up when he feels like it. He pops into his restaurant for a bite to eat. Maybe he places a food order for the next few days and then counts the money from last night. He spends the rest of the day lounging. For anyone who has owned a restaurant, you know this is not reality!
Russ thinks that I ride around in limos all the time, take two-hour lunches, come in when I feel like it, and go home when I am ready to go home. As he visited our table on Monday, I am sure he wished he could just leave work when he wanted and go lounge around for the rest of the day, but he had a meeting to attend. The truth is we all should just take an extra day off once in a while, and live life on the edge to avoid insanity.
But really, who has the time? In the real world of writing for LCT Magazine, running a limousine company, serving on various boards, and producing several charity events each year, there is barely time to go to the bathroom. Getting sick is not an option. I am serious about that! If you are in this business, you know that it never ends. There is always a proposal to write, bills to pay, schedules to make, and a host of other activities involved in running a 24/7 business. My day begins at 5:15 a.m., and some days don’t end until nearly midnight. Of course I don’t run around bragging about those days like I do when I am doing something fun. Really, who nowadays can afford to take time off work?

-- Jim Luff, LCT Contributing Editor

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