This is life
I was told after getting made redundant that it might be one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. At the time I responded with a death stare that would burn a hole through a safe.
Four months later it might just have turned out to be true. My unexpected unemployment provided me with time to stop. I embraced being unemployed and sleeping in, taking the time to cook and enjoying being able to exercise or do whatever I wanted all day long.
I have always been the type of person that lives to work and finding that I didn’t need a job to define myself was extremely liberating. I started to take more risks, to push myself to meet new people and to even start a new relationship.
I’ve learned that work isn’t just about how much I earn or what my title is, it’s about having some life satisfaction and not working myself to the point of misery.
I’ve found that work doesn’t need to be paid, it can be more rewarding to do volunteer tutoring for a few hours a week than to work on a top tier client for 40 hours a week.
Now, I’m back working again but I’m trying to keep hold of some of those lessons I’ve learnt. While I’m working 10-12 hours a day I’m also remembering to put my outside life first.
I work hard and there is nothing wrong with leaving at 5pm on a Friday to meet a commitment I’ve made outside of the office.
My life isn’t work, because work isn’t life.