Updated: Oct 24, 2019
I was having a conversation with a buddy last night, and we started talking about work and money and why we do what we do and so on and so forth. He then mentioned something that has been on my mind all day.
"Some people live to work. I want to work to live."
I have come to the conclusion that either one of those options has the potential to lead you down a road that ends in either fulfillment or misery.
If you live to work, you might alienate the people who care about you the most because you are so consumed with your work that you ignore everything else, leaving you empty and devoid of relationships.
On the other hand, you might have a dream job that you love and are extremely passionate about, finding great fulfillment in the work that you do.
If you work to live, you might have a job that you dread doing, with people you can't stand to be around, and you show up every day and go through the motions so that you can collect your paycheck, enjoy your weekend, and trudge back into work on Monday.
Or, you might have your work-life alignment in check. You work a bit, live a bit, and find fulfillment doing both.
I don't think there is one right way to do it. I just know that I don't want to be the lonely workaholic, or the guy who suffers through the workday counting down the hours to the weekend.
I want to live.
I want to live while at work
and while at home
and while at play.
And I want to be able to give my best self to each and every moment.
What do you want?