Today is my sabbath day and that means it is a good day. It comes after an busy fall kickoff to a new academic year, which is a vital part of the rhythm of life in a college town. Every fall new students pour into town, excited to start this new phase of life and formerly “new students” return to pick up where they left off, for good or ill. It’s Gainesville’s version of the church calendar, a secular form of Advent or Lent.
I remember the first time I heard someone calculated the number of hours someone spends at a job over the course of an average lifetime. To be honest, it was quite depressing. To spend so many hours doing something you might or might not like to do, to make money so you could actually pursue other activities that you actually did like to do, seemed a terrible trade off. It raised a lot of questions for me, as it does for most people.