It can be easy to allow your work to define who you are. We all do that, to some extent. We’ve all experienced the change in identity or the crisis of our identities that comes with a career change, or a job loss, or dissatisfaction with your current career.
And when we meet people (whether at a party, or some other event) a very common opener is, “What do you do for a living?”. We all do it because work is something we spend a lot of time doing. It tends to define us, whether we like it or not.
But put your work into perspective, viewed as one tiny part of the big picture of your lifetime.
Your profession may be important. Your job may be worthy and valuable to this world. But it should not take precedence over the people in your life.
Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
No one ever wished they had worked more, as they lay dying. They wish they had spent more time with their family.
Place your family and friends above the demands that this world places on you. One day, you’ll be glad that you showed loyalty to your family. The value and appreciation you place on them is not wasted. It’s the stuff life is made of.