The other day in the midst of eating my lunch a seagull with a giant starfish hanging from it’s lip landed next to me. As I bit into my sandwich he bit into his, and with several disturbing gulps the starfish entered his throat giving him a starfish shaped neck. I thought he made the stupidest move of his life and began to wonder what it would be like to administer some strange heimlick manoeuvre for birds. It was then I realized life on the west coast was different.
Vancouver has changed since the late 1990s when I left for San Francisco and beyond, it was quieter. But now in one of the fastest growing economies in Canada, I find myself analyzing what it is that is different from before and the answer is nothing. People are still passionate about something other than their job and that somehow makes for a better days work. Actions speak louder than words and when a windsurfer coming off an angry surf has the biggest smile I have ever seen says “the water was perfect!” you know he’s taking that to the office.
So when I tell people where I live and why my business moved west, I tell them three things. Firstly that it doesn’t matter where I work because I work online. Secondly, that I am just a call away with a new area code (778-228-5211). And finally that I’m an even happier person because I’m back on the west coast and this means I’ll do an even better job than I before.
If you’re not truly living, how can anyone expect you to be happy about the product you deliver?