I love being on trains. It’s an amazingly civilized way to travel. I love sitting, looking out the window, watching the world pass.
One of the perks of this gig is that every once in a while, a bit of travel is involved. I’ve been in Belgium this week, spending time with some amazing colleagues. It’s incredibly inspiring. It feels good to get out of the shop – and I like that it gives my crew a break from always having me in the room. While I try my best, I know I’m not the easiest person to work for.
It’s pretty fantastic to see other people involved on one of the shows that we are working on. I’ve spent the week with an incredibly diverse group of people from all over the world. We all culminated in Belgium for one simple reason – a show. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it.
I’ve worked (and continue to work) extremely hard to get where I am now. And in a lot of ways I still feel like this is the beginning of the process. I’ve also been blessed with some amazing opportunities. Trips like this remind me of both of these things. It also puts into context the work we do. The shoes aren’t simply orders and deadlines – they are serving a purpose – they help someone do what they do best. And the people I work with aren’t simple emails and phone calls. They’re my colleagues. And quite often they are my friends as well.
I’ve written in the past that I often feel isolated doing what I’m doing. It feels amazing sometimes to step out of the shop, look around and witness what it is we are truly doing every day. I’m a very lucky man.