Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Another Year Comes and Goes

I recall a senior firefighter once telling me that his 30+ years on the job went by in a flash. One minute he was a young rookie, and the next he was attending his retirement party, wondering where the time went.

That's the way it is for people who enjoy what they do. Whether firefighters are paid or volunteer, the vast majority love their work with a passion that transcends the job itself. Firefighting isn't just what they do; it's who they are.

I watch young firefighters (anymore, they're all young to me!) at the inception of their (hopefully) long careers, and I wonder if they, too, will have the sensation that their careers have flown by when they retire. Yes, there will be ups and downs, and those occasional times when the clock seems to run in reverse. But overall, will the years pass before they even know time is racing by?

The only way to know is to keep flipping the calendar pages and see what happens.

Have a happy, productive, and prosperous 2015.

(Photo by R. Widmar © 2014)

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