Form the blog, Blatant Careerist, comes this article by Ryan Healy entitled, “Twentysomething: Why I don’t want Life/Work Balance,” on attitudes concerning work/life blending, older people, liking one’s career, and the like.
I wholeheartedly believe that my life has a purpose. My purpose is to be
successful, genuinely happy and to make a difference in this world
somewhere along the way. Not a single one of these values can take a
backseat to another. The balance doesn’t work, we already know this. I
don’t want to choose. I want a blended life…
The lines between work and life have been blurred for years. I have
decided to embrace this fact and work on the best blend for my life.
Whether this means working hours that fit around my schedule or being
paid for results rather than the amount of hours worked, I’m not sure. I
will leave that question to the management consultants and human
resource experts. In the meantime my peers and I will keep searching for
this blended life, while everyone else continues to run in circles
failing to achieve their so-called balance.
His attitude on enjoying work is positive and he doesn’t seem to so easily compartmentalize his life. Plus, his comment on the reality of those who try to find balance in life and work are true, for the most part. Really, that comment is a commentary on the failure of most to find such a balance and there are many reasons for this. It does not, of course, negative the healthy benefits of balance in life! Yet…
The alternative or difference given to our society by the teachings of Christ present the concept of Sabbath rest – a time apart. This in no way negates life/work blending, but the possibility of self-expansion and intentional self-reflection in realms and ways not generally supported by our culture any longer (aside from just giving our brains a rest).
I wonder if there will be substantial change when family, particularly children, come into play? I know that many childless couples relationships are far less “traditional” in terms of communication, time spent together, work and life, etc. Yet, kids have a way of changing one profoundly and one’s view, attitudes, and actions on all manner of things. If extended adolescents is really what is going on here, when Ryan and others really do enter into adulthood (and, of course, that whole statement is up for grabs) will all this change? Will he end up taking on more of an attitude of the “older people” who value their “home time” that he is so careful not to interrupt?