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!