Today I haven’t been able to work because of a back injury. I’m just kind of… stuck. I’ve been laying in bed and reading blogs. It’s one of those moments where I’m so thankful I do what I do!
A lot of people seem to think that working online is easy. It’s just typing and playing on Facebook, right? It’s not real work. Well, here’s the thing… most people go to work for 8 hours a day five days a week. They go there and do some kind of work, they get their lunch breaks, they work more and they come home. That’s it. They’re done with work.
There are days when I’m working for 14 hours and only getting up for a quick meal or two and bathroom breaks. There have been all-nighters. There have been ups and downs. I remember mornings when I wasn’t sure it was worth it. Why put in all of these hours when I could just work a regular job and pay the bills?
Today is one of those days it was worth it. (Lucky I have more of the “worth it” days than the “not sure if worth it” days.) I’m hurt and I can’t work in any real way. I couldn’t work yesterday either and tomorrow isn’t looking too bright. It could be 2-3 days before I’m able to do much. The average person would be in serious trouble if they were going to miss a week of work. Luckily all of those hours have paid off because this may set me back a little, but I don’t need to worry. My work will be there when I get back and most of my business can run on its own, just not as effectively as when I’m actively working on it.
Those 14 hour days, all-nights, caffeine driven writing sessions, hours spent working with a plugin until I scream… this is why it’s worth it. Because it’s all about building a life where you CAN be flexible.
What makes it worth it for you? Those afternoons spent with the kids? Being able to stop what you’re doing to spend time with friends or family? The comfort of being able to stay home? Let me know in the comments.
I’ll be spending the next few days recovering from my injury, reading books, and browsing blogs on my Kindle, being thankful that I can.