Moving beyond the discussion of whether work is something that we need to wall off or if it’s something that we can find a way to work into the other contexts we have to manage in our lives, are we saying that “life” is what we want to do, and “work” is what we have to do?
What about those of use who actually enjoy our work and get satisfaction from it? Even if we do hate our jobs, do we have to put up this artificial barrier between working hours and home hours, or can take the good with the bad and find a way to even it all out?
After having kids, I dropped out of the corporate world and went completely independent so that I could take ownership of my own balanced life and be active in my kids’ lives. I could not imagine having to ask another human being for permission to take time off just to do the things that are important to me like attending school events, coaching baseball, or just taking my kids out to lunch every now and again.
Even when I’m not working, I find myself surrounded by people that I have been connected with through work and work related events. Some of my best friends in the world are people I worked with, and I even met my now ex-wife through a work function.
What we do for our livelihood is just one of many plates that we have to keep spinning in our lives. Why not view earning an income as one of the myriad moving pieces we have to manage in our lives and focus on a holistic approach to a balanced life that leads us to joy and satisfaction?
We all have one life, we all have to find our own balance. Why not embrace work as a key part of it?
This is an excerpt from 40@40: Embrace Work as Part of an Integrated and Balanced Life.
In celebration of my 40th birthday, I decided to write 40 blog posts to reflect on 40 of the most important lessons I have learned throughout my life. You can follow the full series here: