My best friend and I always make the effort to go out for a drink once or twice a month to catch up on what's going on in each other's lives. With marriage, work and kids, we don't get to see nearly as much of each other as we did in those halcyon days of our youth, but I guess that is just life for you. People evolve and priorities change. There's nothing wrong with that, it just means you have to make more of an effort for the people you care about.
She dropped a little bit of a bombshell on me last night though. Apparently she is going to quit her job and head into the world of park paving. I honestly still don't quite understand it. She has an admittedly tedious job doing admin in an office but it's warm and comfortable. Going out and laying paving is much more challenging and she will have to brave the elements whenever she does it.
Not only that, but construction is still something of a man's world if we are honest about it. I'm all for equality and I think that everybody should have the right to do what they want to do, but it just seems odd to me that my friend would want to absorb herself into a world that seems a little more defined by machismo than most just so she can lay some park paving Edmonton.
Still, perhaps I'm doing the industry something of a disservice. After all, I'd like to think that the days of the construction worker wolf whistling at passing women are long gone. If they aren't then I wonder how my friend will react when it happens. Knowing her she will probably just join in and make a big joke about the whole thing.
Still, she's adamant. It's time for a career change and that change involves the paving. If nothing else I have to admire her bravery. There aren't many people who would be willing to give up a pretty easy job to try something new. Perhaps she found herself getting a little bit too comfortable and, with the kids getting a little older and her husband doing well at work, she's decided to give herself a little bit of a challenge; just to see how she gets on. Best of luck to her. Plus I'm sure she can always go back to office work if it doesn't pan out.