As of last week I’ve been at my current job for 9 years. My contract specifies that I receive a longevity payment every year on my anniversary. Due to the kindness of my employer and their recognition of my professional experience prior to my current job I am actually credited with an additional 5 years on the job. This means that this year I got a longevity check for the equivalent of 14 years of service. It’s still not a lot of money – this is public service, you know – but it’s a nice little bonus every year right around my birthday.
I have a rule that I use my longevity money each year for something that’s just for me. Years ago I used my check to buy my first sewing machine. Another year I bought myself a really beautiful winter coat. A few years ago I bought my first spinning wheel. You get the idea.
This year I bought myself something I’ve been longing for since last Christmas: a macro lens for my Canon Digital Rebel. It only arrived last night so I haven’t had much time to play with it yet and I’ve definitely got a learning curve to conquer but I think I’m going to love it.
I think you all will, too.