By far, this has been my longest stretch of not posting on ThingsThatWeDo.com. I can’t believe it! Work life has consumed most of my evening time which has left next to no room for such pleasantries as writing for the site. Don’t get me wrong. I’m totally happy and relatively well adjusted considering how tired I am but I’m certainly in much better spirits than I was a few months ago.
Fascinating: more work does not necessarily translate into ‘grumpy pants’ syndrome. In fact, if I do a little self-reflection, I’d say it’s not the work but how much you enjoy/dislike the work that determines the severity of ‘grumpy pants’ syndrome.
Yes, most definitely.
A while back, I was busy and I was exhausted: mentally, emotionally, physically and almost any other ‘ally’ you can think of. Work was jam packed full but I wasn’t clocking in as many hours as I am now and yet I feel like a completely different person. I’m happy (tired but happy) and the weight on my shoulders seems to have lifted significantly. I also recognize the hours I’m putting in now will benefit me later on and I’m learning new information and I’m motivated and intrigued. I’m challenged in a way that excites me. I feel the pressure, no doubt, but I also feel extremely validated when it all the pieces fit together like a well oiled machine.
In case you’re wondering, no I didn’t change jobs per se: same place, same people. What has changed is the type of tasks that I’m now working on: tasks that were meant for me.
I say this all cryptically because I truly don’t think it matters where I work or what I do. None of that really defines who we are anyway but if you dug a little deeper into your own lives, however different they are from mine, you’d probably find a relatable feeling or experience – that moment when you realized things fit or they didn’t; that weight or the lifting of it. Life makes so much more sense when we realize we share more similarities than differences.
WHOA. When or how did I suddenly become so philosophical?
I guess I’ve done some growing up over these past few months.
p.s. for all our loyal readers at ThingsThatWeDo.com, thank you for your ongoing support. The big kid and I wouldn’t be able to do this without you. Posting continue to be quirky, intermittent, and ever so eclectic but we’ll try to post whenever we can. So many ideas are brewing – we just need the time to pen them all down!
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