Monday, May 11, 2015
Work to Live or Live to Work
I often struggle with where my work and career fall on the list of priorities. I work hard, but should/could I be doing more? I think where I question the amount of time we spend working in this lifetime is when the work interferes with living a happy, balanced and satisfying life. If the answer is always..."later". or..."when I retire". or..."soon I will have time to try that". or..."I meant to use all my vacation days". Then I ask, what are you waiting for? To retire at 62 and within months be showing signs of early stage Alzheimer's like my mother? Or die unexpectedly from a heart attack at 49? Because at that point the life you "saved" until you were done working ain't gonna happen.
So to my dear friend Ann, and the anatomy geeks who can't get enough of your job...you are both right. Nobody can judge what the right formula is for you. But make sure it is a conscious decision. We only get one shot at this life. What do you want it to look like?