I visited my old store today. I mostly did it because one of the other assistant managers was opening and another person kept asking me to come and visit. So I did. I can say with full confidence that I don’t miss that life. Sometimes I really miss the people and the socializing. I wasn’t there for friends though. I was there to run a business. I suppose now that I work from home, I don’t see as many people. That said, when I do see people, it’s usually on my own terms and I can usually leave when I want to so that I don’t end up being emotionally drained. The new manager seems good and is doing the job well. I wish her luck and I hope that she’s happier in the position than I ever was.
Now that I am more free, I’ve been putting some time into working on my old sites. I was a little active last year when I decided to re upload all my files. It feels like after I came back in May, everything that was active last year is now dead. I keep coming across dead links, empty dead forum spaces that were once active a few months ago. I wonder if everyone just collectively had a “life’s happening” moment just as mine finally calmed down.
I will say that coming back and working on the hobby side of webdesign and website building has been therapeutic. For a long span of time, roughly from 2013 until 2017 I only worked on client websites. My domains were going unused and my old sites sat in backup files. Making sites about topics I like gives me a place to experiment, try new things, apply tricks and try to keep current with ever-changing webdesign trends. A client may have very specific needs, so going deep into crazy css or figuring out how to make a website as pretty as possible and then port that over from PC to smartphone is a fun challenge. I feel like people when they get older tend to resort to puzzles to keep the mind going. Although that’s something I probably don’t need to worry about for many decades, I feel that keeping myself challenged with website creation is a good mental workout.
In other news, we are leaving for Disney World in 8 days! I’m super excited to go back. I would also like to make a visit or two to Cedar Point as soon as humanly possible. I will probably blog about my Disney experience here in the coming days. 🙂