Several years ago in a chapel service while I was in college, someone said something that has haunted me ever since. The person speaking (it was my sister, in fact) said “tired is not sick.” She talked about how if you wake up and you’re really tired, don’t call in sick. Because you’re not sick, you’re just tired.
The first week as an intern at theDove I was told that we were going to do a special production starting at 6 in the morning. It was just my first week and I didn’t need to come but I was welcome to be there to help out. That morning my alarm went off and I said to myself, “they said I don’t have to be there.” and I turned off my alarm. After dozing off, I woke up because “tired isn’t sick” kept going through my head. Finally at the last minute I got up and I left. That morning was a ton of fun and it was my first experience with live TV. I’m really glad I went.
It happened several times before that and several times since, but that line has impacted my life quite a bit. Tired is not sick.
There have been a few times that when my alarm goes off at 4 in the morning and my wife tells me that I should call in sick because it’s so early and I’m tired. But I always say “tired is not sick” and I go to work.
It’s not a fun thing to have running through your head, but it’s a good life lesson. I guess.