Finding Work Life Balance from within the Matrix

As life gets busier and time seems to be inexplicably speeding up, more and more of us are wanting to achieve a true work-life balance.

For most of us, with the exception of the few years at the beginning and end of our lives, we are required to work in order to keep a roof over our heads. Going to work is what we’re trained to do during our education. We watch our parents come and go to and from work as we grow up. The expectation that this is a normal course of events is something that is programmed into us, and it’s often hard to see outside of this reality – our very own self-imposed ‘matrix’.

Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

Yes, of course, in this world, if we want to live comfortably then we do need to work. But surely we have a choice about what we do and - for that matter - how we do it.

It’s interesting because in the last 10 years since my VA journey began, people have often said to me ‘Wow, I wish I could do what you do’. And the reality is that they can if they want – let’s face it, if I can do it anyone can because I’m no Einstein, but instead, much like a meandering river, they’ve taken the path of least resistance and continued to do what’s easiest by being an employee and working ‘for the man’.