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The 18-Day Grind

Posted by Rye on February.12.2016 in Uncategorized |

One of my personal mottos in life is this:

Work hard. Play harder.

That couldn’t be more true at this point in time for me. Why? Today marks working 18 consecutive days in a row and that includes my day job and my weekend gig. If y’all are curious to know what I do, I’ll explain
later in a future slice.

For most, thass hella work, while some may be rolling their eyes at a mere 18 days. Either way, I’m triple thankful – to be employed, stacking extra dough and most of all, to finally be off!

I’m sure there are jobs out there that require people to work many days in a row and I ain’t gonna pretend that I know about them. However, I do know that some folks work more than the average eight hours but fewer days in the week (three 16-hour days on and four days off). Personally, I think the best deal for us working class would be four 10-hour days and three days off.

This is just the second time I’ve worked 18 days in a row. The first time was actually 26 days in a row in 2013, and I only took a day off cuz of Memorial Day. I swear I ain’t a workaholic. Lol. I truly enjoy my days off, but if I ain’t got ish to do, I’ll work when gigs are available.

Here’s the thing tho: I still made time to play harder. Cuz I apparently have the energy to do so, I often feel like a machine. And that’s without drugs. Ha! I’ll admit tho that caffeine on the harder days after nights of play helps me get through the day.

During these 18 days, I’ve hit the gym several times, picked up racquetball, kicked it with friends and fam and went to a few shows, including Miguel, Fabolous and Super City 50, an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festival at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland. Great start to 2016!

I know some of y’all can work full time and hit the gym several times a week, if not daily, but adding alcohol to the mix can take a toll. I dunno how I do it, but in these 18 days, I’ve hit the gym after a night of drinking twice and worked a full shift. I’m telling y’all, I’m a machine. Haha

Don’t get me wrong, but I do rest. Fortunately, I have super flexible hours with my day job and I can sleep in ’til noon if I wanted. Even with adequate sleep, around Day 13 (Saturday, 2.6), I started feeling fatigued, but I persisted.

You should know what’s best for your body and mind. If you can play harder after staying on the grind for days at a time, you’ll come to find that you and I are one of a kind. Otherwise, rest your behind.

To put things into perspective, parents, especially moms have no days off. Do your thang, ladies!

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