I had lunch last week with a friend, and took away a valuable lesson. This friend, let’s call him “Ernie,” had been thinking about leaving Prince Edward Island for work off the Island. He’s got a good job here, and lots of friends, but the job away offered career development promise, and he seriously entertained the idea.
In the end, he and his family stayed here on the Island.
Because they realized they had it pretty good here: good job, good friends, nice, small, close-knit community. Just enough diversions to keep their minds occupied — movies, theatre, restaurants, and so on — without all the downsides of a larger city (crime, noise, crazy busy atmosphere).
When you haven’t grown up on the Island (and even if you have), it can seem sometimes like a remote northeastern outpost, devoid of the fun and exciting trappings of the Big City. And sometimes, career-wise, it seems like the only option for playing in The Bigs is to sacrifice quality of life for opportunity.
Ernie and his family didn’t do this, and their example, in a small way, opened my eyes to how good we’ve got it here too.
Thanks, Ernie. Enjoy the ride.