Lewis Lix still thinks about the sunrises he watched while working on oil rigs in western Canada.
“You could be covered in blood, sweat and diesel fuel, but you could take five minutes at 4:45 a.m. to watch the sun come up. When people ask what I miss about the job, I say ‘the skies.'”
Lix, a 34-year-old father who now lives in Edmonton, spent almost 10 years working in the oil and gas industry. He went through a few boom-and-bust cycles, a lot of time away from his family, and eventually a realization that he couldn’t continue the work forever.
“I could just see the writing on the wall,” he told CBC’s The House in an interview airing Saturday.
“I didn’t want to work in an industry that was so volatile and surrounded by so much political controversy. I just wanted a future in something … that my kids might be proud of me for doing.”
CBC News: The House6:02Moving on from oil and gas