Tales from Real Life: Searching for Answers
On this mission, I learned many things. I learned that Camelots don’t last forever. Working 70 hours a week and skipping vacations for the joy of birthing a new college was exhilarating until a new president dismantled much of what was special to me and, by my perception, rendered the college plain. I learned that structuring my work so that overload was inevitable was just another path to egocentric martyrdom. I learned what Freud meant when he said that the secret of a healthy life was love and work.
Making my work team my family was fine until Camelot ended; then I was in deep trouble. I learned that having my life unbalanced toward work served people who made 10 times more money than I did and who actually took vacations. Perhaps most importantly, I learned that if I want a balanced, healthy, fulfilling, sustainable life, free from chronic overload, I need to create it myself.
I don’t need to find time; I need to make time.
—Douglas Reimondo Robertson
Northern Kentucky University