So imagine my surprise when perusing Real Simple recently and stumbled upon this article: “Have Women Found Work/Life Balance?” The title struck me immediately. Is this really possible? But maybe it is. Real Simple found that ” 68 percent said that their jobs rarely or never interfere with their personal lives.” I wondered, is that the standard? Is our balance in work and in life dependent on how much our jobs interfere with our lives? The author of this thought-provoking Real Simple article asks us to ponder whether “perhaps it’s just that women have developed more practical expectations: We know that total work-life balance is an unattainable ideal, so we’ve stopped insisting on it.”
Have we really become so disenchanted with the idea of work/life balance that we’ve lost hope in its existence? If we see this concept as an unattainable ideal, we will never pursue having time to ourselves and taking care of our mental health. We have to believe there is a place where our work and our lives may not balance, but can integrate seamlessly and allow us the time we need to dedicate to our work and ample time to live a life that includes all of our favorite pastimes as well.