It’s easier said than done!
All through my life, I heard about how important it is to have a work and life balance… But I remember no one ever mentioning how it was done! No wait, I’ve heard everyones expert advice but never seen them practice what they preach! 😀
In the initial years its all about being good in studies at the same time being actively involved in sports and the other extra curricular activities. But how many of us actually aced them all? We should have taken the hint then itself. Well, humans being humans, will never give up!
Somehow we drag through the academic life and land at the doorstep of the corporate world. More than eager and excited to live an independent life although still dependent on the families. The rush of receiving the first paycheck is unparalleled and will remain fresh forever. The first year is more often than not full of fun and learning. Somewhere you begin to believe, you’ve mastered the art of work life balance coz here you are – a year of crazy partying at the same time few all-nighters in the corporate world and you couldn’t ask for any better.
Well now, life’s a Bitch ain’t it… Does not like seeing you happy and with no complaints. So subconsciously schemes against you, makes you want for more – a promotion or a new job! Let’s go with the second option. After a couple of interviews and careful analysis of pay packages, here you are.. In a new world among new unfamiliar faces. You are most likely replacing someone else from the team who left thanks to which you could apply for the position. Well what are the odds that it was a well loved team mate you are now replacing. And as a known fact, nobody likes change. There you go, you have your first roadblock.
With time you manage to overcome the block and now have gained the trust of your peers. However since you are a senior resource now, you don’t have the free time like before. You now have added responsibilities that came complimentary with the new role. And in the competitive world we live in, there’s no option but take it all up Coz if you don’t, then someone else will. And then the day won’t be too far long when you will be considered as a liability than an asset and you know where that route will take you.
So the once fun loving you, partying at every chance you got, has now been reduced to a workaholic drowned with work. There was a time when you did not need reasons to party and now you find reasons to not party so you can finish up and just go get some sleep. Yay life!
So what happened to the I will have and maintain my work life balance?! I will never let my work get the better of me. Well, somewhere in between we all grew up I guess.. Or rather, life happened!
You are now reduced to sharing memories that appear on Facebook as notifications of a life you once lived, the fun you once had with the friends you barely have the time for. Practically, there’s no such thing as a work-life balance..Although we try really hard at having both, It’s either work or it’s life! The choice is yours to make. Rest is all just a compromise… And That my friend, is life!