Friday, July 4, 2014

From a Recovering Workaholic


I was talking to a friend few days ago and he was inquiring me about my whereabouts for the past year. All I could say was I am a recovering workaholic and you will from me more often. And yes, that is what I am. A recovering workaholic. It doesn't sound so bad now. But believe me, when you are fresh out of college and you turn into one, then you are doomed for life. 

Since almost two years, I have been a workaholic. A person who gets high on work. But yes, I was happy. There was never a moment at office when I stayed against my wishes. I was one eager naive girl who was always inquisitive and working. Once in a while, I had strange conversations with my managers. Normally, the topic would be 'burn out'. They were concerned that I will burn out soon. I even had one meeting with my manager where he was telling that this was his first experience of trying to make someone understand that they needed to work a little less for their own good.

Now, when I think of it, I feel it was completely unnecessary. There are hundreds of things that are out there, waiting to be explored. New hobbies to take up, new eateries to hang out, new horizons to be explored. Yet, I was at office, spending all my time cooped up, in front of a computer. Thanks  to some wonderful people I met, I have now realized the importance of trying out things other than work and yes, thanks to them, I am now a recovering workaholic :)



P.S.: I decided to take a break from fiction and write something light. This post is a part of The Write Tribe - Ultimate Blog Challenge - July 2014

12 comments:

  1. Good you were able to see you were working too hard. Many workaholics don't and they do burn out. Yes, there is lots to discover away from work. Having a healthy work/home balance isn't easy but it's worth it. All the best to you discovering new things!

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  2. How I wish I could take your words to heart but I am not yet a recovering workaholic -- still in the middle of it. Dealing with circumstances beyond my control. I know burn-out is around the corner and am trying to stop before that happens. Thanks for the 'warning'

    Carol @ Battered Hope

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  3. Very inspiring. I aspire to that. One day :( In the meantime, I'm unhappily on the grind! LOL

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    1. Well, lets hope that 'one day' comes soon !

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  4. I happen to be on a break from work since 2 years after years of grueling corporate life. So I can relate to your story quite well.
    It really works well if there's a right amount of balance in life.

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    1. Yes Vinodhini, I am aspiring to that balance right now ..

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  5. I saw your post on the UBC and you sound like my twin! I couldn't agree with you more. In March I stopped, sold my 24 - 7 business and moved with my husband to the South of France. I couldn't be happier. Your blog is excellent and should help lots of people. Please visit me in the South of France in my blog at http://masabicou.com/jinas-page/ Thanks so much! Jina

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    1. Just read your story on your blog, Jina. What you have done requires immense courage and kudos to that !

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  6. Well, if you've got managers who tell you that you'll burn out, you really have got good people to look over you.

    It is all about getting the lesson and learning it well. It seems you've done a fair job.
    I too once did this, and had also written a post about the same, here

    Cheers,
    Blasphemous Aesthete

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    1. Yes, I agree I had some great managers !

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