I am about to become a person who works part time. Since I started working (at the age of 20) I always spent five days a week in an office, for eight hours a day. Forty hours in a week. Year in, year out. On average I took 25 days off each year.
It will be the end of an era. From May on, I will be working three days a week.
So before, I worked five days and had two days off (it's called The Weekend) and very soon I will be working three days and spending four days in my own time.
The people around me are expressing their doubts.
'You will get bored. At least, I know I would.'
'What about your pension?'
'But you still want to be able to do Fun Things, right? And you know how expensive Fun Things are, right?'
'What in Heaven's name are your going to do with all that time and that little money?'
The only one not worrying is me. Oh no, that's not true. I worry a little. The worries I have are about money and being dependent on my BF. Before, I was head of house, so to say. But since I quit my corporate job, I am not anymore. And now that I am going to this part time job, I certainly am not. I can only do this, if my BF is supporting me. Never before did I have a BF support me. I am not sure how to feel (like a Real New York Housewife?)
I had a chat with a friend about our jobs. Her boyfriend is working seven days a week, he has his own company. She told me how she got in a discussion with him about this. She thinks he's only working so much so he won't have to cope with his feelings.
'All day long I have these thoughts and feelings and emotions, it goes on all day long. I know my boyfriend has the same, but what he does is let his work distract him. I think he is a coward.'
I heard what she was saying. When for example people go through a divorce, a lot of the time you hear how they throw themselves into work. Work can be an addiction too. It is something you can drown yourself into. I know I have. To the point where work was the only thing on my mind. When I woke up in the middle of the night, I automatically starting thinking about work. This has already changed and I think going part time will do this even more. Do I have to get myself a hobby?