Would you rather be extremely successful professionally and have a tolerable yet unexciting private life, or have an extremely happy private life and only a tolerable and uninspiring professional life?
Why can’t both sides of my life be merely tolerable and unexciting? Excitement leads to ulcers and sweaty palms.
I kid. At this point, with the career that I’m in and the career that I’m pursuing, I’d rather be successful professionally. Because if I’m successful with what I do, it means I’m making some kid’s life a little better. As far as my personal life goes, there’s not a lot to speak of. I’m not married. I have no kids of my own. I’m not saying I don’t want to be happy behind closed doors. But my personal happiness sort of takes a back seat when I think about what I do for a living.
I know, there’s a lot of talk lately about self care and making sure I’m not getting overwhelmed or stressed out. I just don’t know if I’m capable of putting myself before the ones that I’m there to serve.
What do you prefer? Success in public or happiness in private?*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.