Years ago at a bachelor's party a group of the participants were gambling. I wasn't. One of them asked why I don't gamble. Other than the fact that I don't like the risk of losing money, I shared my main reason:
"My job. I get my highs and lows everyday I'm in the classroom. I don't feel a need to search for excitement or thrills on the weekend."
A couple of weeks ago one of my buddies was in town visiting. We got to talking about exercising, what types of things we enjoy. This is a guy with whom I played high school and college football. Like many former athletes we miss the camaraderie and level of competition that come along with a sport like college football. It's a high that's tough to replicate. He said, of his morning workouts, "There's not many times that, like sports, I can get so 'in the moment' where I'm not thinking of anything else. My morning workout is about as close to that as I can get." My reply was that I get that everyday in my job.
I'm so thankful that I don't have to search for that. I rarely feel as though I'm going to work. There are days I'm so inspired I get goose bumps and there are days I'm so emotional I'm brought to tears. And when the weekends come I usually want and need to get away from it. And I'm thankful for that. Because on Monday I get to do it all again.