TIP THE BALANCE
Those who know me quite often accuse me of being a workaholic, but in my defence I say I’m a lifeaholic. I love what I do, irrespective of whether it is my nine-to-five job, or the life I lead from five to nine. To me it’s the same – two sides of a coin we all call life. The reason I say this is because I believe the whole work-life balance argument is irrelevant. To me it is merely jargon coined by a self-help guru who wanted us to feel sorry for ourselves for not being able to lead the life of our dreams. I feel that the moment we believe in this concept, we begin to feel our life is running away from us, and that we are a slave to the money we earn and the responsibilities we fulfil. We are then suddenly plagued by a certain perceived sense of vacuum that sets off our stress
I believe the whole work-life balance argument is IRRELEVANT. To me it is merely JARGON coined by a SELF-HELP GURU who wanted us to feel SORRY for ourselves for not being able to lead the life of our DREAMS
triggers, and before we know it we begin to live in our dreams, not in the moment.
If you are plagued by this persistent sense of loss, then you will identify with the feature ‘How to restore work-life balance’ (page 26). It talks of building a portfolio career, a way to ensure you don’t have just one source of income but several, and how you could potentially turn your hobby into a career. I like that. It’s a great way to not only achieve creative satisfaction but finally begin to realise some of those dreams that figure in our bucket list.
Let me know what you think. Until next week
PS: And if you’re under the impression that I’ve achieved some kind of nirvana where stress doesn’t visit me, then let me tell you, I recently babysat a two-year-old… I’m now in recovery.
Mrinal Shekar Deputy Editor email@example.com