Guilt is universal
September 7, 2011 4:10 PM Subscribe
How do I abandon guilt, when my behaviour isn’t hurting anyone?
posted by b33j to society & culture (18 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I want to feel good about my unusual life choices.
I work from home which is not so unusual. But I don’t do 40 hours a week. Maybe I get up to 20 hours, but it’s enough to pay the bills. I could do more work, there’s enough there, but I slack off sometimes. I meet my deadlines. I do good work. But I don’t work as much as the average Jo. A big part of that is that I deal with depression. I am on medication and seeing a doctor, and I take steps to be healthy, eating well, exercising, but it still throws me sometimes. Anyway, I feel guilty for not working a 40 hour week. I feel like a failure for not pushing myself. If I doubled my income, I could do cool things like renovate my house or travel. And I don’t do that. And days when I don’t work, sometimes I just sleep or play stupid games on the computer instead of doing stuff like living my life.
So how do I abandon guilt/shame, when my behaviour isn’t hurting anyone?