Being a workaholic is good and bad

Is being a workaholic good or bad? How do you know if you’re a workaholic? People will deny it because of the old “it will never happen to me.” People also think, “that’s the other guy not me.” To be honest I don’t know where to draw the line. I do know that I have no free time for myself EVER. Maybe I’m a workaholic.

I am up at 5am and leave at 6am for the early train to get downtown. I get home about 12 hours later. The daily commute is 4-5 hours round trip. Once I get home, it’s dinner time and playing with the kids for an hour or so before they go to bed. I need to be in bed by 10pm or I’m not good for much. The last couple of months I have been editing video for clients until 11pm or 1am, getting up 4 hours later for work. Yes, it is not healthy. Yes, I guess I’m a workaholic. We need the money, I’m not going to lie.

Being the sole source of income for the family, it has been hard. We don’t go on vacation ever…it’s been about 15 years since I was anywhere (I really don’t care for it anyway.) I canceled cable over 2 years ago and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! We have the internet and that is it. Most of the money goes to the mortgage and bills. There were times it was scraping by for groceries. I hear this is happening more and more. If you’re a single couple who both work, I consider that rich. If you’re a family with one income and someone gets sick, it can throw you back for weeks financially, even if it was minor. I wish I could live check to check. We don’t make it check to check.

So, I use my talents as an editor and artist to get whatever work I can and I am VERY thankful! I’m so happy to have clients around the world that not only love my work but supplement the bills.

It’s been awhile since I wrote. I will write more, I just haven’t had the time. I also don’t want to bore you with daily stories that are insignificant. I try to teach something in my writing most of the time. Lately I have been too busy being a workaholic. I guess that is ok because I’m doing what I need to do. My wife says to take a break and I agree I need one in the worst way. Problem is, money is there now, so I need to take advantage of it. I never want to not be able to afford groceries. That is one of the worst feelings ever. Some of you may ask why does she not get a job? Well, she used to have one until the kids came. I weighed the options and what little she would make after paying daycare after school isn’t worth it. Not to mention running from work in traffic, trying to get the kids, just to have take out for dinner, like so many other families do. Screw that. I would rather they be with one of their parents and I suffer a bit. Being with at least one parent is not something most people can do.

There is no choice. There is no option. Money needs to be there for things we need.

Thanks for reading and don’t work too hard. Subscribe for more of my writing and art.

www.steverotter.com

Steve

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One comment

  1. Thank you for sharing some of these views into your life. Since we were younger, though I mostly knew you through mutual friends, I always saw you as an example of a successful person, no matter what you tasked yourself to.

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