Thursday, September 22, 2011

I love my job

Tuesday, the US women's soccer team was at NIKE World Headquarters, where my husband works. They had let employees know that they were allowed to come out from 3:30 to 5:30 and see the women play, get some autographs, have hamburgers and hot dogs, etc. It was really meant to be a celebration of this great team. My husband asked me if I wanted to come down, and it was such a beautiful afternoon, how could I say no?

The CEO of NIKE took the field with a microphone and asked Coach Pia and Abby Wambach some questions before the women started playing.

There was a moment, toward the end, where Abby said, "I feel so lucky to do what I love. I have the best job in the world." Coach Pia then piped up with, "No, I think I have the best job in the world." And then the CEO said, "And I think I do."

I thought to myself, Well, really, I do.

And as I watched Abby kick the ball around with her teammates later, I thought, every day, they go out there and do their best. They play because they love it. Yes, girls look up to them, and yes, they inspire others to be the best they can be, and so much more.

But ultimately, it's all about the love they have for the game they are playing.

And so it is with us, writers.

I love books. I love reading. I love writing. Yes, there are bad days. Yes, some days it's really, really hard. I bet Abby would say the same thing about her job.

But in the end, I really do love it. And that's what it comes down to in the end.