Back at work

A long-awaited day: I finally had some gardening work. For those who don’t know me and my background: I am a gardener by trade. My degree was in horticulture and business management, and since graduating I have worked for various companies. Last year I started putting together my own gardening business, focussing on maintenance for local clients. That being the case having my operation in mid-January was very well timed!

After 2 and a bit months off of work I was really looking forward to today. The weather was perfect: mild and sunny. I had two gardens to visit, and that amounted to a normal day’s worth of work. I felt myself tiring slightly towards the end of the second garden, but thats not a great surprise. All day I had a smile on my face, breathing a sigh of relief on a couple of levels. Firstly: it was another sense of normality being restored; I’m now back on my feet. “Taking it easy” had been difficult for me; by nature I like to be out and doing. As my strength and energy increased over the last few weeks, I’ve had to be quite careful in what I have allowed myself to do, as to not over-do it and cause injury. Getting back in my van and spending today working was a very welcome.

The second reason for relief is a little more practical: earning money! A down-side of having my own little gardening business is that if I don’t work, then I don’t earn. Despite certain benefits of being your own boss it has its drawbacks, and I’ve just had my fair share of one of the biggest drawbacks. Needless to say I have managed to get myself through the last few months, but now I can breathe a little easier.

Unlike last year: today felt fresher. Its almost as though I’ve drawn a line in the sand; like I’ve found some kind of re-set button that’s allowing me to go ahead with this year with a clear head. I previously enjoyed gardening; however today something clicked and I found myself really enjoying and appreciating everything about what I was doing. The weather was amazing, the gardens looked great, the scenery was stunning; I was truly fortunate to call that my “office” for the day.

Thanks again for reading people!



About tomcoppin

Hello! I'm Tom, and have started this blog to share my experience of living life with a condition called Crohn's Disease. I've had the condition for a long time and have recently undergone surgery, hence the scar in the picture. I want to share my experiences to raise awareness of Crohn's, as well as helping out people who have been diagnosed. If you have any questions then feel free to message or comment and I will answer! Have a great day people. KBO
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