Earlier this week I took an Uber. My driver was such an interesting gentleman. He understood how important work was to his recovery.
My driver, a business owner of a restaurant in Sydney, explained that he was 3 months post cardiac surgery. He had been advised that he could not return to the kitchen duties that he so dearly loved in the short term, and he knew that going into the workplace would invariably have him in the kitchen even if he tried to stay away ( he admitted he wouldn’t be able to keep away, and to be honest I get this as a business owner).
What he explained next was encouraging and affirming. He explained that even though he was required to exercise 3x per week, that he still experienced increased fatigue, and he was still frustrated by his experience, it was worse when he stayed at home and simply rested in-between medical appointments and gym sessions. He explained that he was moody, irritable and downright annoying – his words not mine!
He told me that he decided to drive for Uber as a way of helping him get out, be with people, enjoy the City, and do something for others. He also mentioned that he really enjoyed getting paid to do something he found so enjoyable.
He explained that Driving for Uber from 5am to whenever he wanted to finish each day gave him a sense of purpose. Allowed him to directly contribute to his bank account, which was an important value to him. He stated he was an all-round nicer guy because he had chosen to take back control of his work life.
We then got to talking about how we as business owners can sometimes get in our own way and by him not being around the business as much, he was empowering his staff to do their jobs without his “interference” and low and behold things were getting done, the business was still operating and we both remarked that maybe things were going to be done better because he wasn’t around to “meddle”. He actually opined that maybe his business would grow and become better because of his forced time out of it! What a remarkable statement.
It was such a great conversation and one that really encouraged me that the work we do as Rehabilitation Professionals has a direct impact into the real lives of every day people. I think that we all know at some deeper level that work is more important than just a pay check each week, and this Lesson from my Uber driver tends to support my theory.
My driver took control of his rehabilitation, he worked out what he needed to help him recover and what he needed was to work!
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