It’s a walk of some 0.2 miles. It should take approximately 4 minutes, but with a five-year-old, laden with a brand new school bag, it took considerably longer.
Mum’s & dad’s asked if I’d taken a few days off on holiday to be there for Jamie’s big day. That seemed logical, so I went along with it. When I was still escorting Jamie the following week, the same people asked “Still on holiday?” I said yes again.
When I was there three weeks later, someone suggested that I was “working from home” – again that seemed plausible – so I replied in the affirmative.
It took a while before one day; I finally admitted that I was off my work with a ‘stress-related illness.’
That was in August 2014.
The intention was always to get me well and find a new job that would be less stressful and more enjoyable. But the simple act of walking Jamie to and from school gave me the time to think. The more I walked, the more I thought, and the more I realised that working for anyone was the wrong thing for me to do.
The dropping off & picking up of Jamie was the only thing I needed to do. There was nothing else on my agenda – other than the small matter of deciding what to do with the rest of my life.
With each round trip to Inchture Primary, my resolve grew stronger, as did the bond with Jamie. We talked nonsense, we laughed, discussed school diners, his new classmates and connected on a different level. I realised just how much I’d missed out on with his older brothers. I’d missed so much – far too much. I’ll never let that happen again.
Freedom, finding true happiness, having a life again – all made possible by the simple act of walking Jamie to and from school.
I’ve shared this story before, but it wasn’t until the closing moments of Marcus Sheridan’s keynote speech at The Content Marketing Conference in Edinburgh that I realised the full significance of the morning school run.
Marcus will be joined on his international travels by his daughter Danielle, who will chronicle their adventure on her ’Traveling With Dad’ blog. I had my much smaller scale journey, but ‘Traveling with Jamie’ started the process of getting me well again – my short walk to freedom.
This post is dedicated to Marcus & Danielle Sheridan and of course Jamie.
Blog Editing - How a New Service Was Born
Why you should write it yourself
The Content Marketing Academy Conference 2015
Should You Write A Script for Your Next Presentation?
Personally Speaking | Injecting your personality into your blog
Does your business need a tagline?
Writer v Editor | How to be a more efficient writer
5 Reasons Why You Should Write A Blog For Your Business