This prompt is funny to me because I don’t work fully. So there’s not a ton of balance that I need to do between work and home life.
But in the past, I could not balance work and home life. My work life always had the potential to completely disrupt my home life and there was nothing I could do about it. If the Air Force said “Come in right now for a drug test,” I had zero choice but to go in. And if the Air Force said “You are deploying in three days,” I am deploying in three days.
I want to believe that I would’ve been great at it with a traditional job, but I’m not sure about that either. I was very unhappy and work had to be my release. It was the way that I escaped my terrible life and freed myself from the binds of my terrible, painful home life. So I volunteered to deploy. That kind of escape would not have been available to me in a traditional job.
Something to consider when you or someone you love can’t balance your/their work and home life is that maybe they need work to be that escape from a terrible home life. Maybe there’s a problem in their relationship that they can’t talk about, but can escape through being a workaholic. People are running from all kinds of things and what may seem like some with messed up priorities is actually someone who needs something more out of life.
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