TIP THE BAL­ANCE

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

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 mshekar@gulfnews.com

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