Three months have gone by since I have re-entered the corporate world and discarded the mantle of a lady of leisure.
While sitting here nursing a 21-day old throat infection and an on-off fever, and doing conference calls from home, I made two lists of what is great about each situation. (This is only so I don't get depressed about losing the state of 'just being' and having to throw on a monkey suit every day.)
Perks of Being Employed
1. The money, what else? Res ipsa loquitur. For non-Latin speakers, 'the thing speaks for itself'.
2. Social interaction at work. I don't think I could work from home for too long. Going into the office means being able to have a chat with your cubicle-mate, grab lunch with a friend, and share aspirations of not having to do the corporate grind anymore over a cup of tea in the afternoon. The day goes faster and the job is more bearable.
3. You get to honestly state your gainfully employed status on immigration landing cards and not have immigration officers grill you over your finances, relationships and your bad luck at work.
Perks of Not Working
1. Doing stuff you actually like and moving towards self-actualisation on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. There is all the time in the world to explore that interest you had but never found the time to get into.
2. Self-reflection. Having a lot less money from not working forces you to think about what is important in your life and how you should live it. Not only is this good for de-cluttering your home, it is good for your soul too.
3. Eating well. With time to actually grocery-shop and cook, you can whip up nutritious meals and forget about those take-aways laden with salt and oil. Focus on easy-to-do one-dish meals if you are a beginner. Cooking can actually be therapeutic.
The takeaway? Every choice in life has its positive aspects and it's up to us to make the best of either situation.
Now excuse me while I get dressed for the day...