Joanne and I had a funny conversation on the way home from lunch on Sunday. She said sometimes she sees the clerks in Macy’s and is kinda jealous. I asked whatever she could mean by that and here’s the essence of her explanation.
If she just had a job to go to every day her life would be so much simpler. She wouldn’t be available for long lunches with hurting people, last minute babysitting, shopping for those whose schedules don’t allow it, committee meetings, board memberships, coordinating special events for her art classes, committing to major projects like her soon-to-be-released book, helping people move and decorate, daytime funerals, meal preparation for Dan’s mastermind group, speaking at women’s conferences, gardening projects and house cleaning. (My list, not hers, but you get the idea.)
Whoa – talk about the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. And I thought her life was full of leisure time and no pressure. I sometimes joke at the end of the day and ask her if she watched TV and ate bonbons all day.
I often tell people about the time and income freedom they will have in creating their own work. No boss looking over your shoulder, no time clock to punch, and no ceiling to your income. But perhaps with that freedom come new pressures and responsibilities.
So which is easier – to create your own life and work, or to just have a regular job where much of your time is pre-planned? Are you thankful that your job makes your life easier, or are you longing for the “freedom” of being on your own? If you’re on your own already do you have thoughts of going back to the simplicity of just clocking in every morning?
Should I encourage Joanne to go get that job at Macy’s?
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