Google CFO Patrick Pichette is retiring to spend more time with his family. Big deal, you say? It might not like seem like that big of a deal at first, but when you consider the post that Pichette wrote on Google+ explaining his decision, you might be a little more impressed.
Pichette knew that his decision to retire to spend more time with his family would be met with skepticism.
"After nearly 7 years as CFO, I will be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family," said Pichette. "Yeah, I know you've heard that line before."
"But then she asked the killer question: So when is it going to be time? Our time? My time? The questions just hung there in the cold morning African air."
" Always on - even when I was not supposed to be. Especially when I was not supposed to be."
When is it your time? When is it enough? At what point will you get to start living the life you want to lead rather than the one that is expected of you?
These are tough questions to ask — and even tougher to answer. But if we don't ask them, we may find that we have spent all of our days spinning on the hamster wheel of life without taking the time to make our own decisions about how long and how far we want to go.
"In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavors and family/community."
Carpe diem, indeed.
Related on MNN: