This question was posed on Facebook recently by Wendy Maynard and as I hit enter on my reply I thought it might also make a good blog post here and something to explore a little deeper…
My answer on Wendy’s post was:
~ sense of responsibility
~ bills to pay, no matter how many I pay it seems there are more around the corner just waiting to jump out and shout “surprise”
~ feed these kids that call me mom
~ I enjoy work (most of the time) and that gives a sense of accomplishment
~ helps fight the never-ending battle with depression by having something to do, which goes back to sense of responsibility and we start the loop all over again
Maybe I went in the wrong direction with my answer, but I answered honestly. Part of my big picture ‘why’ is keeping myself well. A smaller part of my why is financial, and I think that’s true for everyone no matter what they say outwardly.
Sure, I have other big picture sorts of goals, but when I thought about the reasons why I work three really simple things came to mind; I have bills to pay, I need to feed my family, and I need to stay sane. Working accomplishes those things and I do truthfully enjoy it most of the time.
Yes, the dark shadow of depression is always lurking nearby. That’s part of my reality. Working is one of the things that keeps it away. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable to talk about that, but I’ve found that in the work at home community it’s a reality for many of us so I try to be open and honest about it and to engage that conversation whenever possible.
I’ll turn this conversation over to you. Why do you work? Big picture or near term goals, feel free to share in the comments below. This is a judgement-free zone and I’d love to hear your reasons and discuss your why.