By Sarah Bello
Every workday, Matt Johnson arrives at CMH to begin making progress on his to-do list. As a healthcare facilities engineer, his tasks could include paining, moving office furniture, fixing heating and air-conditioning units or working on the boilers.
His daily responsibilities vary, and for that he is grateful.
“I don’t like to be bored,” he says. “You don’t do the same thing every day. That would drive me crazy.”
Johnson stays busy at work, and after a long day, he heads home, where he still has plenty to do. He works out in his garage on his CrossFit equipment for an hour, releasing the stress of the workday. He’s studying to become a certified personal trainer, because he likes the freedom that being fit brings.
On weekends twice a month and three weeks out of the year, Johnson reports to Camp Rilea, where he serves in the infantry for the Army Guard. When he finishes his nine-and-a-half years with the Guard next August, his son will be a toddler. It was when his son was born in February that he realized he needed to end his military service.
“I’ve learned a lot, just about life in general, and it’s been rewarding in a sense, I guess,” he says. “But I’m tired of missing things. I haven’t seen some family in 10 years because I’ve been gone.”
Johnson enjoys spending time with his family and looks forward to having more time with them soon. He’s teaching his eight-year-old daughter how to roller blade and recently bought a pair for himself to demonstrate. She wants to do whatever he does, so she’s learning to skateboard, too.
In his younger life, Johnson was a semi-professional skateboarder with sponsors. He learned at six and stopped when he was 21. Now, his daughter follows his lead.
When he isn’t working at the hospital or Camp Rilea, he’s with his wife and little ones. He considers the future and where he’ll be next. He still doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life, but he likes where is at for the moment.
“I’ve done a lot already that most people haven’t,” Johnson explains. “I don’t really know what I want to do career-wise. I’ve just been trying different things.
“One day, I’d like to make it to the CrossFit Games. You just have to pick what you want to do and go from there.”
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