Many of my friends have this common expression about feeling choked with work occupying on their mind all the time. The most common symptoms described are neglecting health, negativity, low self- esteem, caught up in comparison, relationship and loss of purpose.
Many of us tend to trivialize our most loved pursuits that we have been passionate or happy about, eventually learn to live without them, while pursuing the worldly, yet undesired. Over years, we develop comfort with chaos and ‘noise’, and begin ‘labeling’ it as ‘lifestyle’, till it begins to hurt and we stray on innate, latent life goals. What begins as excitement, dithers over time and rational prevails. The void pushes one to high levels of anxiety, fear, uncertainty and conflicts. ‘Glorification’ of ‘busy’ becomes unproductive.
Work and Life can’t exist in isolation, at least over long time. The justification of not ‘living’ holistically may be self-defeating. By ‘Life’, I mean having fewer or many friends, great family life, sufficient recreation, prudent lifestyle and responsibility for actions, high awareness of self and environment, a happy being, positive influences, well balanced priorities and time for everything. It not just about life, it is about being alive, being excited for things beyond the obvious.
This isn’t abstract at all, though fewer people achieve this over time with conscious effort and mindfulness, crossing short term blocks of cynicism, doubt, fear or overconfidence. Everyone know some real life heroes, who has time for health, relationships, and spirituality and he goes out of the way to attain this balance, yet practicing detachment, and building succession over time, breaking barriers, and detaching from past.
Work and Life are not metaphors of conflicting facets of life; they co-exist, and complement each other. After all, a happy life is all about being holistic.