Last week, I had horrendous chest pains. There I was, a healthy 23-year-old who thought I may or may not have been suffering a heart attack. While the pain was prominent, I still wanted to attend work, albeit my aches. It wasn’t until both my mom and a doctor told me that the diagnosis (both physically and mentally) called for working from home (it wasn’t a heart attack). While it was the right choice, I wasn’t happy about it.
Let me back up. I am self-admittedly OCD about my work. Growing up, sick or not, I hated to miss school. I wasn’t someone who played hooky often because while I was out and about I wouldn’t enjoy myself—I’d be too focused on what I was missing! Now, as a member of the working world, I feel the exact same way.
After a day where I haven’t felt a hundred percent to begin with and pushed myself to go to work, I leave completely pooped. Even still, if a friend asks to hang out, go for a drink, watch a show, etc., I’m not one to turn them down. More often than not, I am suckered into a night of doing something merely because I feel I don’t have good enough of a reason not to oblige.
The urge to do-do-do and go-go-go especially plagues me during Women’s Small Business Month. Look at all these successful entrepreneurs who make work their everything! They rarely get a second to relax, right? How dare I waste my “free time” doing something inane and self-indulgent like taking a bubble bath? Therein lies my real problem: No matter how hard a day at work is, no matter how tired or half-sick I may feel, when I’m given my “own” time, I often have the urge to get out and do something!
I’m sure others can relate. Do you sometimes feel like when you aren’t working you should be making the most of your free time? Do you think down time, like curling up in your bed and catching up on sleep, is wasting your time?
GIRL TALK TIME: Do you push yourself to go out when you aren’t feeling up to it? How do you balance work and life? Have you ever had a sickness be a sign that maybe you should slow it down? Let it out, ladies!