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I’m very sensitive when it comes to my dreams. My dreams usually come and go and after a few minutes of waking up, I don’t think about them anymore. Yet there are always a few that are exceptions. Those are the ones I pay closer attention to. Those are the strong ones that like to swirl in my head for days at a time where even a short 5-minute car ride has me thinking about them. Those are the ones where I feel like the universe is trying to talk to me.
What’s the point?
As I roll into my 2-year anniversary with my company, I’m craving a change. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve created amazing relationships, learned so much, have a great salary., and I now find myself in a management level position where I get to tell people what to do. I have employees who look up to me and I have to admit it’s kind of nice.
But even with all that, I’m not 100% happy. I haven’t been happy for a while and no matter how hard I try to change my mindset, at the end of the day I still feeling like I missing out on something.
I keep thinking about all the events I keep missing with my family because of the long hours I have to work. When holidays come around the corner, instead of being excited for them, I’m stressed out because I feel that I might not be able to fully enjoy them. I’m always exhausted and barely have time to see my friends anymore. I’ve become MIA to the important people in my life and I’ve even begun losing interest in my hobbies.
The days I’m off from work are random and on those days I catch up on some much needed “me” time. I’m lucky that I don’t have any kids yet because that “me” time wouldn’t even exist then. I’ve talked to my peers who have children and they’ve told me that they really have to work to find ways to spend time with them. I don’t know how they do it, but kudos to them.
What can I do?
Lately, I’ve been thinking of going back to school to get my masters. I miss the feeling of books, of being in a classroom, and the thrill of figuring something out on my own. I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while now, but I’m already too much in debt to go back.
It’s hard, you know? On the one hand I make good money. I can do more things compared to my peers. I’ve been looking at other companies where the work/life balance is 10x better but they want to pay me $30,000. I make almost twice as much now and know that my skills are worth the salary I currently have.
I know I shouldn’t complain, especially when there are people out there who would kill for a job, but I know this is an issue that a lot of us have. I want to work, I want to use my skills, I want to make good money, but I also want to have a life. I don’t want to take my family for granted because you only get one family, you know? The least I can do is find time to be with them, but how do you do that when there are companies out there who are too interested in profits to worry about work/life balance?
How do you make the change without sacrificing money and happiness?
I believe we all should have both. That’s why we go to college. That’s why, for some odd reason, we put ourselves in debt in order to have the life the world keeps telling us we’re going to have.
I never envisioned my life like this, and I want to change it, but what path do I take that won’t leave me in regret?
Any advice? Suggestions? What’s more important? Money, or happiness?
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