No matter what you do for a living, there is always a struggle for balance between your work life and your family/personal life. We all want to support ourselves and our families at some minimal level, at least. I'd hazard a guess that most of want some of the extras of life as well. The little luxuries (however we individual define that term) that bring joy to our lives.
We want the money that supports and comfortable and enoyable life style. But we don't want to become slaves to our jobs. Work drones are no fun.
Pilots and flight attendants struggle with this issue with farther reaching ramifications that many in the 9-5 life. When we're at work, we're not only away from our families -- we're away from home. We don't have the ability to quickly take a break from work to attend an event. There's no guarantee that we'll be home on time to make it to a conference. Even on our days of we have to avoid answering the phone in case it's crew scheduling assigning us an extra trip -- an extra trip on our day off that we are not permitted to refuse.
Jeff, a pilot, does a nice job of explaining how he makes his decision in "Living the Dream." and gives us all something to think about.
I'm thinking about what my important "extras" are: travel, shoes (hey, I'm a girl), a nice home, financially supporting causes that I believe in, Starbuck's coffee, and spending time with friends. I'm willing to work to support those extras, but when my relationships with family and friends starts suffering, I know that it's time to pull back and reassess. It's a constant process of realigning my priorities. Balancing is not easy.
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