My Work-Life Balance Has Shaped Me

Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is a real thing. From a young age, we are taught to work so we can enjoy the life. I struggled with the concept at an early age because I didn't quite understand what it meant in my life. As the times go by, I'm so pumped by what my work-life balance has taught me.

Since I started working multiple jobs, I've missed out on missed out on many fun trips and parties. I couldn't go to that white water rafting trip with my friends because I was called into work at the last minute. I couldn't go to that mixer at the the girl's lacrosse house because I was asked to stay late at work. At the time, my side gigs needed me to be physically there and all I could think of was how much fun I was missing. When the paychecks came in though, I was reminded why I made that "sacrifice". Making money, learning and growing made my FOMO smaller and smaller.    

After grinding at those jobs for a while, I found an office job that allowed me to be mobile and take care of tasks on the go. At first, I didn't realize the value that opportunity brings so I didn't utilize it as much as I should have. The internet has now given the world the ability to be physically invested everywhere. The power behind answering phone calls, emails and executing while also hanging out with friends, is so great and I'm learning to take advantage of it to the max.

I now understand that my work-life balance needs aren't the same as other people because I'm simply different. For me, there's no such thing. I feed off of both work and life equally. The moment I think there is a balance, I'm prioritizing one for the other, and I end up losing myself and getting jealous of other people. This has been making me just super excited for anything I do, because I realize and honor the fact that I can choose to execute or practice some escapism. Now I know that means if I end up being lazy in the moment, then I can't complain because that's my choice. In the reverse, if I end up having to work for years without getting to have some escapism, I'll benefit more in the end. This has shaped me by allowing me to not worry because I know that no matter what I'm doing, I'm living in my moment. 

How do you view your work-life balance?