The oilfield slow down has been rough. So many people have lost their jobs, and the ones that are still employed have lost hours or had pay cuts. It’s not an easy time to be an oilfield family. Times are tough for sure. It’s scary. It’s overwhelming. During this time I find myself wondering, and questioning many aspects of our life. What should be do? Are we going to make it? Should we look for a different line of work? Is it time for my Hot Oil Man to look for a new job? Do I need to get a job? Is the oilfield going to turn back around eventually? And even if it does, would it be more stable to get into a different field now? What’s the right thing to do?
I don’t know the answers to any of my questions – but I do know how I feel. I’m not sure what the right thing to do is, or what’s wrong, but I know being an oilfield family has served us well. I am certain of that. I truly hope we get to continue this life for many years to come. I’m proud to be an oilfield wife. I like where my husband works and I hope he gets to remain with that company. He enjoys his job. I like our schedule of two weeks on, and two weeks off. I like that both the kids and I are free to spend a lot of time with my hot oil man while he’s home since I don’t have a full time job. I love our family time. I like our life and I don’t want it to change.
This crazy oilfield life does come with challenges though. It is not easy. Families get split up. There can be resentment and detachment issues. The hours are long. Jobs are uncertain. The money isn’t steady. Even though not all of it is pleasant, the oilfield life has become part of who we are. Not that we couldn’t adapt or change if we needed to… I like to think we’re strong enough to do whatever we need to do… but all of my thinking and over-thinking has led me to the conclusion that if I could have my way, we will continue to be an oilfield family as long as possible. We’ll ride it out. We’ll stick with the oilfield. Pinch our pennies a little tighter. Pray things pick up. Hope for another boom. Continue with the lifestyle we know and love.
“Oilfield” is more than just what you do, it becomes who you are.
We are an Oilfield Family.