What is Work-life balance for you?
This is the pure and simple story of how Work-Life balance became part of my life. This is the real development of my own curiosity about a concept that is still under discussion. I would like to hear about other stories and other experiences so that the modern meaning of Work-Life Balance may spread as quick as possible.
I stopped talking for a few seconds. I couldn’t find any honest answer to give back. My mind wandered toward any possible direction although without aiming at any concrete objective. I whispered something incomprehensible.
-What? What did you just say?
That Life Coach sitting in front of me was having a hard time. He tried to bring nearer his ear so he could hear my voice better. He nodded and invited me to repeat one more time what I had to say.
-Perhaps, when I can distribute my time equally between job and private life…
I had just repeated the same concept but that second time, I did not believe in it so much.
I found really difficult to express that concept. This limit is mainly a logical consequence of a psychological influence given by the impossibility of a pure reflection around such a distant concept. In fact, Work-Life Balance was so distant from me and my condition that my brain could not simply organize any thought.
-Just…give it another shot…try to reflect a bit deeper now
I have pushed myself harder however, my first answer seemed to be the best I could ever think of.
-I have thought about it and…I believe this is it
He looked at me with understanding. He was aware of my difficulties in expressing that concept at the same time so simple and distant from the real society and culture I have been raised in. He gave me few more seconds although after all, he chose to not give me any answer but let me reflect on my own.
-Let’s do so…I am gonna give you some time to think about it. I expect an answer next time we meet up
After that meeting, I have spent the next few weeks sinking into theories and reading until I finally found the less bad explanation among all the others available. It was exactly the answer that had to fit these modern times but not too much to leave you in the hands of the most ruthless capitalism. The truth is that I was completely lost into all those things around me. I had forgotten the main point of all of it: the pursuing of happiness.
Describing exactly what Work-Life balance is today, is a commitment that requires a quick review of its historical evolution. Although, this seems to be decidedly a modern term and a natural consequence of the evolution of our society and globalization. It is important to not underestimate the historical events that have entailed its birth in such sense.
What is work-life balance for you?