“I Not!”

Jan 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri Roskpf PhotoCountry singer Phil Vassar sings a song titled “Don’t Miss Your life.” It’s the story of a man on a plane working on his laptop and an older man sitting next to him says, “Sorry to intrude. Thirty years ago my busy friend, I was you. I made a ton of money and I climbed up the ladder. Yeah, I was Superman, now what does it matter.”

As I put in many, many hours at work because of this lovely winter we are having, the words to this song really hit home. Work is important and I am so glad we’re busy. As the old farmer’s saying goes: “You have to make hay while the sun shines.” Or in our case: “You have to tow while the snow flies.” But after another long day, I find myself thinking like my two-and-a-half year old niece who, when she doesn’t want to do something, says “I not!”

I not — want to be around when my husband comes storming back into the office because something else isn’t right or missing on the truck we just purchased. (Isn’t that the reason you buy a new piece of equipment? So you don’t have these problems?) Frustration!

I not — going to let the little things grow into bigger things. Totally not worth it. Stress!

I not — going to not take time for me. I am going to go out to lunch — at noon and not three in the afternoon, relax, and have another cup of coffee and chocolate cake for dessert. Fun!

I could go on about the “I nots”, but I think you get the picture. The towing profession is 24/7/365, so how can you not put in many hours? And if you are the owner of a towing business, you know you have and will work hard to be successful. But, as the title of the song says, you can’t let this business take away from missing your life — from missing cheering for your son as he hits his first home run — from missing yet another anniversary dinner — from taking a few days of vacation (and not feeling guilty about it!).

Could be my niece has it right, and I’m going to be just like her as I put my hand on my hip and say, “I not!”