Shouldn’t you be living a 9-5 life? It’s not as if you’re a teenager any more…
If I gave a pound for every time this insinuation has been levied in my direction, I’d be a poor woman. And it’s mostly from family members.
You’ll have seen from my About page on this site that I describe myself as an “unconventional British lass, living in an unconventional country…”.
Why is it, when someone decides not to work in a 9-5 career, not to get married and have kids in their 30’s, they’re ‘tut tutted’ at by society?
I posted the Header picture on my Facebook page and it prompted the following comment from a fan:
A very apt poem by Cavafy (translated from Greek by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard) An Old Man
At the noisy end of the café, head bent over the table, an old man sits alone, a newspaper in front of him. And in the miserable banality of old age he thinks how little he enjoyed the years when he had strength, eloquence, and looks.
He knows he’s aged a lot: he sees it, feels it.
Yet it seems he was young just yesterday.
So brief an interval, so very brief.
And he thinks of Prudence, how it fooled him,
how he always believed—what madness—
that cheat who said: “Tomorrow. You have plenty of time.”
He remembers impulses bridled, the joy
he sacrificed. Every chance he lost
now mocks his senseless caution.
But so much thinking, so much remembering
makes the old man dizzy. He falls asleep,
his head resting on the café table.”
The picture and the comment sum it all up: I’m not leaving it until I’m too late. I’m not going to live the life people want me to. And neither should you.
Don’t leave things until they’re too late. Don’t feel guilty for being happy with a life you’re leading, even if it doesn’t fit others ideas of how to live life.I’m an EFL teacher. I love teaching kids, they teach me so much about myself. I love living in Greece; this country’s taught me so much about myself too.And as for being unconventional? HELL yeah…and proud of it.
What’s your experience? Agree/disagree? Share in the comments below.