Grist writer David Roberts is a big proponent of work/life balance. In an age where we constantly ask “can we have it all?” Roberts says we can. Our greatest enemy is ourself. He recounts a conversation he had with a friend who works 80-hour weeks:
He’s helping to run a tech startup, working 80-hour weeks, half that on the road, with barely enough time at home to maintain a relationship with his dog, much less a romance. The goal, he said, is to grow like crazy, get bought out by Google, and retire at 40. “It’s the big chill, man!”
I shook my head and laughed. “I’ll take the medium chill!”
What’s the medium chill?
There will always be a More and Better just beyond our reach, no matter how high we climb. We could always have a little more money and a few more choices. But as we see it, we don’t need to work harder to get more money to have more choices because we already made our choice. We chose our family and our friends and our place. Like any life ours comes with trade-offs, but on balance it’s a good life, we’ve already got it, and we’re damn well going to enjoy it.
That’s the best thing about the medium chill: unlike the big chill, you already have it. It’s available today, at affordable prices!