There is no such thing as Life-Work Balance
“Dad.” (sniffle, sniffle) “My throat hurts.”
Parents expect to hear these words around this time of the year especially when the little offspring units fail to heed their parents requests that they bundle up during cold weather. As I made a quick trip to Kroger I started thinking about this notion of life-work balance. (I’m a nerd. Only a nerd would think about this shit on the way to a grocery store. But I digress ….)
What I’ve concluded is life-work balance is a myth created by the lean-forward Sheryl Sandberg types who believe they can telegraph every little exigency thus balance it off against the demands of life. Utter bullshit. Chaos has no respect for when we think things should happen. When you’re preparing to read an essay for a blog post or preparing to write a report for a client and your kid is sick, you can’t “work-life balance” your way around your kid. Some how the duties have to be fused.
Life isn’t about balance and work is a part of life. You have to accept the stop and go and constant attempts to reconcile conflicting priorities. It sounds hectic, frustrating, and chaotic, but trying to balance the maelstrom only increases the stress and the chance you’ll shipwreck. Fusing life’s events should be the way, not “life-work balance.” It’s best to treat it all as one constant flow while not breaking an oar patching the holes in your sail….
“Daddy. Can I get a Popsicle?”