First off, I want to say I really don’t like the word workaholic because I can’t help but picture some heartless Donald Trump type guy who would rather work at the office than spend anytime with his family. I don’t know why that even bothers me because it’s just me and my BF right now. I mean, it’s not like I’ve got a truck-load of kids at home hoping that mommy will finally come home early enough to read them a bedtime story. One thing’s for sure, I’ll never have a truck-load of kids. I really only want one. A really quiet one. And not for another 10 years at least. Maybe I’ll just get a dog instead.
Anywho, the first reason why I think I’m okay with the workaholic side of me is that my BF is sort of a workaholic too. I remember having a conversation with him a while ago, when he used to work 12 hour days, and he told me that if he wasn’t dating me, he’d probably work all the time. Like, no weekends, no vacations, just work, work, work. And he probably would. He’s a freelancer so he can really work as much or as little as he wants. He doesn’t work 12 hours days anymore (thank God!) but he doesn’t work 9-5 like me. Basically we’ve got an understanding that if there are any specific days we need to spend together (visiting family, vacations, or I just miss him) then he’ll put a note in his iCal not to book work for that day. I also have a second job which is usually on weeknights or weekends, so I try to make sure to only take shifts when I know he’ll also be working. This way, it’s rare when one of us is working and the other has the day off. Obviously I know things will definitely change when we do decide to have a family, but for now, we’ve both been together 5 years, and it works for us.
Secondly, I love to make money. And it’s not because I like to buy a lot of shit and thus need a lot of money to feed my shopping addiction, nor is it because I’ve got a pile of debt I need to pay off. I just like seeing the numbers get bigger in my bank accounts. I’m not even saving up for something specific. Sure, my TFSA is sort of my down payment fund, but with the housing market the way it is in Vancouver right now, I might be able to afford a really nice trailer in Abbotsford in another 5 years. I guess I just like the security of having money in the bank in case something happens. Money in the bank makes me feel safe, worry less, and sleep better at night.
Lastly, I really like to work. I love the sense of accomplishment I get when I finish a project or shift. I love being around people all day. But most of all, I love to learn new skills and challenge myself. I love the idea that there’s nothing I can’t do, and the possibility that where I am today is still only the beginning of my career and who knows where I’ll end up.
Are you a workaholic or do you think loving to work too much is unhealthy?
-Mo’ Houses out!