On this, the busiest day of the year at Amazon, I thought it appropriate to bring up again my take on the work/life balance.
I’ve worked very hard the past six weeks (just over three more to go!) and it might look to outsiders like I’ve failed to find the balance of work and play in my life that sounds so appealing to those who choose to live full-time on the road. Why go RVing when you still have to work full time to be able to support yourself?
My answer is that the balance isn’t found on a day to day basis, it’s more month to month. When I’m working, I take seasonal jobs for a few months at a time, and during those months I work 40 or so hours a week (more at Amazon) and while I have my days off like any American working a 9-5, the real magic of full-timing for those of us who are pre-retirement comes between the jobs (or projects, depending on the kind of job you’re working/running). Between my seasonal jobs, I have weeks and sometimes months during which I hardly work at all, and get to spend it all traveling, exploring, and expanding on my hobbies. The balance is there, it’s just not obvious until you take a step back to look at the whole year.