Last stretch of the work career
Now that my own work career is nearing its end, it’s time to look back and ask what the meaning of work life was for me. What was it all about? Was I able to combine work and home life successfully? Could I have done something differently? Was I just a piece of driftwood floating down the stream, did my life go by without my own steering and active systematic decisions? Similar thoughts cross the minds of many others who are approaching the end of their work career. There are no final answers.
It’s easy to be wise afterwards. Now I too think that I should have invested more in my personal life and struggle less on the terms of work. That is how I feel many years later, but during the hectic years of my work career, when I was young, I didn’t even think about it. I lived in the moment and immersed myself in work. This is what so many people do, and pause only when forced, or like me, on the last stretch of their work career.
The final conclusion is that many things in life are the result of pure chance – the person has been in the right place at the right time. He or she has taken either a calculated or intuitive risk and been fascinated about new things.
After 47 years of work experience, I can honestly say that it would be worthwhile for everyone to pause at different stages of their work career and ponder what is important and possible for oneself. A leap into the unknown, off the treadwheel, may well be a positive experience and can decisively improve the quality of life. It is not always easy, but often it can be done.