Keeping up appearances
ROBERT is from the school of old. He was brought up in an era when there were three choices in life for young men: be a doctor, a lawyer, or an engineer. He studied law knowing it would be a stable job with good security. Long, hard hours of study, bar exam, 70-hour work weeks, lots of coffee, and dealing with difficult people were all bumps on his road to success. He worked his way up the ladder and is now a junior partner in a good firm. The days are still long and the stress is ridiculous.
His wife stopped working after their second child was born, so he now shoulders the entire financial burden for his family.
He lives in a nice house in a good neighbourhood. They have a pool and a Jacuzzi he hasn’t been in since last year. They own a time-share condo that they stress about getting to. Health insurance prices go up each year, and his youngest child has asthma and some crazy food allergies – all of which cost money and time and create more challenges around the house. Even with a part-time nanny, there seems to be little sleep, and their last vacation to Maui was more trouble than it was worth. He came back exhausted and dejected.
Robert’s life is filled with stress. Although he has a roof over his head, cars, and plenty of food, deep down, he is worried. He knows he cannot keep up at this pace. He feels like he’s going to fall on his face one day, but he can’t. After all, they all depend on him. He drinks coffee, goes to the gym, takes some multivitamins, and gets an occasional massage, but all the while his mind is filled with the pressures of keeping it all going.
The joy is gone. The stress has tipped the scale, and he is constantly trying to keep his chin up. His dad taught him that “real men” never give up for their family, and never show any weakness. He watches the morning news while eating his cereal with the kids. He feels like an absentee dad who does not really see them growing up, and he mourns this fact.
With all the stuff he is constantly throwing money at, they barely have any savings, and if he stopped working, they would be in real trouble within a few months.
(excerpt from “The Urban Monk” Pedram Shojai, OMD Creator of Well.org)
The story illustrates a modern problem. Can you relate to Robert’s predicament?
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