Chapter 6: Home-Work

So I've been on a sabbatical of sorts from work for awhile. Recently, I've started a new job getting to work from home. It's still generally the same career line without the emphasis on career.

It's so true what they say. About how your priorities change as you grow older. Ideals get torn down, optimism dies, and realism sets in. Those all sound like bad things but I actually am pretty settled in learning the lessons of life.

I think everyone should get to go through these phases of life. I think it's a natural mechanism so we can learn to live with each step of our progression to death. LOL. Okay, yeah, I'm still a little morbid.

Anyhow, working is great. It's a chore of course but it's great to feels great to be financially productive again. Plus, I love having little distractions in life that make me feel like my brain is being exercised.

I was always a workaholic. I worked 70-80 hour weeks at my peek. I never saw weekends for months. I always did my best and always pushed as far as I could go. But one day I woke up and realized that I was wasting my life trying to "become" instead of just "being"...

At some point, I think everyone starts to decide, is this how I'm going to live the rest of my life? Is this it? And for me, sleep-eat-work seemed completely useless. Sure, I could have propelled myself into a high-track career and I could have become extremely successful.

But honestly, I don't really care what anyone thinks about me...whether or not I'm a great famous Architect! At the end of the day, I just want to be with the people who make me laugh. And some people might think I'm just settling but if settling means that you're finally happy, I'm okay with that.

So I'm pretty excited about the new job as it affords me the lifestyle that more suites who I am today.


Jemimus said...

I have a question for you: Do you considder your work just "your job", something to make you money. Or do you have a personal interest in it?

So far, in my short career, I seem to have been blessed with work that I generally like doing, and falls well in line with my own personal interests. What that means, is that work and my private life kinda leak over into eachother; my personal interests are pretty much completely alligned with my professional ones.

As I said, I suspect I am one of the few lucky ones that that this. I notice that for most my collegues, it is "just work" and they would never go do anything sysadmin-ny at home.
I therefore find it quite hard to imagine having a job just for the sake of the money. Myself, I dont think I could do a job that I didnt also personally enjoy at some level, it would drive me mad.

Anyway, I am glad to see you finding a messure of balence between your life and work. I do also enjoy working from home, but if I am not in the mood to work, its of course very tempting not to work at all. And I would say that about 1 to 2 days a week, I feel like that. I am just a 4-day weekend kinda guy ;)