Oh, the week I've had...isn't that much to complain about. But it's worth documenting. We have a massive job delivering next week - a job that will be a defining part of the legacy of our Shanghai office, the job that proves us.
We won it while I was in Beijing. And now it's here, and the pointy end of the sword is on display. The hard bit is that while most of the office work much longer hours than I (some have pulled multiple 24 hour sessions back to back), I still need to keep an eye on it, while focusing attention on winning the next projects, the work that will keep us going into the future. It's nothing to complain about, but it is a fascinating process, filled with people pushing themselves and deadlines that won't shift.
The process that sees you throw your personal life is the same process that bonds you to the people you spend the most time with - the people you work with. It's amazing: we are forming bonds that matter, and sowing the seeds of the stories we'll tell years from now. This job will be a big deal (and I'll share details after it's done).
Right now, work is everything, and it's satisfying and fun. But I can't help but wonder how one fits a personal life into it. It's all consuming. And it's good. But it would choke the life out of a relationship. And I write this from a sports bar, where I had to stop and get dinner because there is no where else.
It's good now. We're on the edge, but we're coping and getting it done. It feels good. We'll see how long the buzz lasts.