The phrase "work-life balance" seems to imply that work and life are in balance.
If one imagines an old-fashioned scale, that would mean work is on the one side, and everything else about yourself on the other side - your friends, hobbies, family, relationships, beliefs, sports, etc. It hardly seems like a balance and really points out our obsession with work.
Our culture glorifies work. Social media show people working long hours and then turn to their side hustle after hours. It's easy to feel you should find your meaning in life at work and that you should constantly work harder.
But we don't have to chase work. We can put work in its proper place and use our free time for something else. While work can be personally meaningful to you, it can also just be a thing you sometimes do. It's not about balance - it's about keeping things in perspective.
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