My son is six and a half (so important not to forget the half!!!). It is an age of making sense of the world and the way it works. There are endless questions, a curious mind and the endearing simplicity that young kids capture with ease.
Last night while I was getting him ready for bed he turned to me and said:
Why is there five days of school and only two at weekend? That’s not fair. It should be half & half.
The kid’s got a point.
Now, I would take issue with him on the half and half thing because I don’t go along with the whole work life balance concept because I think it is misleading (check out the links to blog posts at the bottom of this post if you want to know more on where I am coming from on this point).
I believe we should design how we want work life, lifestyle and family life to be based on what we value most and our ideal life, not just try to give equal balance to it all.
But hey, he’s six (and a half!!) so let’s just ride with where he is coming from.
Once he was tucked up and fast asleep, I pondered on his perspective.
With all the simplicity and matter-of-factness of a young child, he had cut to the core of the way things work when he said “that’s not fair”. To use his childish viewpoint:
Why do we all go along with a work life balance set up that just isn’t fair?
A set up that takes away personal freedom and destroys quality of life. A set up that has us working so much more than we play that it damages family life and relationships. A set up that sucks the life out of us.
Well, I think it is because we all too readily accept the status quo. The whole work five days and have two off idea was set up many moons ago by people with a different agenda.
Why are we still accepting it now? Well, maybe it’s as simple as we have lost the ability we all had as children to question what isn’t fair, what isn’t right, what isn’t just.
Am I suggesting we need to start thinking like kids again? You bet I am.
I think it is time to start challenging the status quo.
It’s time to question why we are still jumping to the ways of operating that don’t serve us, steal our freedom and damage our family life and relationships.
It’s time to start living in the space that our kids live in – living life fully, playing full out and questioning anything that gets in the way of that.
Is it time for you to rock the status quo in your work life, lifestyle and family life?
3 Part mini series – Part 1 – Why work-life balance is misleading. Part 2 – The Alternative To Work-Life Balance Part 3 – Goodbye work life balance! Hello success by design!