How do I make peace with the stress of contributing to society?
December 14, 2013 6:10 AM Subscribe
Having a career is hard work (Duh). But I didn't know it would be this... all-consuming. How can I stay happy and stress-free when I suddenly have a tiny fraction of the "me time" I used to have?
I've had lots of jobs, but now I've got my college degree and I'm settling into what will likely be my career for many years. It's a career that I really enjoy when I'm there, but the very idea that I have to get up before the sun every morning, spend 8-12 hours a day in a position of responsibility and authority, and then spend 2 hours on the road every day travelling depresses the hell out of me when I think about it.
There are a lot of factors at play, I guess. I'm a very introverted person - outgoing and enjoy socialization, but introverted. Like most any job, mine involves interacting with people. Constantly. That's tiring. Then there's that feeling of either never being caught up or always having some new trouble on the horizon - when I'm working I never have that "Ahhh... now I can take it easy" feeling that my low-responsibility part time jobs gave me after we pushed through inventory or whatever. The biggest thing is knowing that when I get home, once I cook and clean up and all, I've got maybe 2-3 hours of free time before I need to go to bed! It's insane and stressful and I don't have time for my old hobbies anymore, let alone anything new and fun like a relationship. And this is going to, realistically, be the lifestyle that I've got to live with for the next 30-40 years!
Now, I'm not looking to change jobs. I love my job. I just wish I could work 2 days a week instead of 5. Knowing that the world won't change the way society works for my benefit, how do I get over it?
How do I get back to the point where I'm excited to be getting out of bed every day?