I have been sick for well over a week now. Delirious-with-fever, can’t-get-out-of-bed sick for the first six days and even now, ten days since it began, still sick and seriously fatigued and about to head back to the doctor.
Dad 101 had to take time off work last week to look after Immy and then ended up sick himself (with something different to what I have, go figure!) He ended up having to be off work the whole week.
And although he was sick or caring for his family and had a doctor’s certificate, he felt bad about being off work.
And I understand that. I remember the days when my work was my life. I loved my job and lived for it.
But work has changed for me. It shifted when I became a Mum. Where once I lived to work. Now I see work as a means to living. I continue to enjoy work and feel fortunate to work part time from home. But now, I feel a greater sense of responsibility to the health and happiness of our small family than to any work commitment.
It is like that portion of my self esteem that was tied up in my work is now consumed with being a Mum.
And I wonder often if this will change again as Immy grows and her need for me changes?
Did your view of work change when you became a parent?