Happy Labor Day!
Here in the good old United States of America, today marks the unofficial end of summer. For most of us, there will be no more backyard barbecues. No more trips to the beach, lake or mountains. No more trips to Europe or other far-flung destinations. Not until next year, anyhow.
For the kids it’s time to go back to school. For the rest of us it is time to get back to work.
Yes, work. That’s what today is really all about. According to the Department of Labor, Labor Day is “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” Its history dates to the late 19th century when the groups initially formed to combat workplace exploitation wielded considerable influence.
As documented on history.com, New York City hosted the first Labor Day parade on September 5, 1882. On that day, “10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square.” The tradition continues to this day. In fact, the 2016 parade is happening as I write this.
But as I write, I am reflecting less on what is happening in New York City than on my own achievements. You see, I founded In Brief Legal Writing Services exactly one year ago this month. And while I don’t yet have the client base — or income — that I hoped to have by this point, I am happy with the way things are going.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with some really cool people. I’ve learned something new every day. Most importantly, I’ve enjoyed it. And as far as I’m concerned, the best is yet to come.