“What fools we are for letting an addiction to work shortchange our quality of life.”

Ita Buttrose

I wouldn’t say I had an addiction to work, but I did let it invade the rest of my life the last 6 weeks.  It was a very stressful time and when I came home from work, I was nearly useless to my family.  The stress of the day carried through and presented itself as stress at home.  Why did I let that job shortchange my quality of life?  Did I do it for the money?  Did I do it because it was a challenge?  Did I do it because I thought I didn’t have a choice?  Yes, yes, and yes.  But, now that I am done and can look back on my last 6 weeks, I have realized that yes, it was a challenge, yes, the money will be nice, yes, I really didn’t feel like I could quit, BUT I can learn from it.  I need to find ways to leave the stress out in the driveway.  I need to find a balance and get done what I NEED to get done and let the rest roll off my shoulders. 

I’ve been out of the workforce for 10 years.  There is going to be an adjustment period.  So, next time, I am going to remember the quality of life of my family and those close to me.  I am going to remember MY quality of life, and not get so wrapped up in the work.

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