I work part-time and I have gotten many questions and comments about it.
Are you going to go full-time soon?
So you like working part-time?
I wish I would could work part-time!
Why do I choose to work part-time? There is no denying it. A major reason is my anxiety. You don’t know what an amazing difference that one day off is for me. I work in an environment where I am constantly interacting with people. I love it and it actually is a huge distraction when it comes to my anxiety. However, it is also very hard to keep up that facade all the time. I am not always cheerful and social at work, but I can’t be silent and reclusive either. That one day alone is my day of self-care. It allows to me to silence the constant “noise” and just kind of regroup.
Would I work part-time if I didn’t have an anxiety? I don’t know. I do sometimes think that North Americans work too much and I don’t think working full-time for a purely monetary reason is my goal in life. For sure, I understand it is a necessity and not a choice for some people. I do enjoy working part-time, am fine with spending less, and having my sanity. I know that for sure.
I often get questioned about why I work part-time. Like, what do I do on my day off? Do I just go shopping? I mean, sometimes, I do, but I used to find it really annoying when people would ask me why I worked part-time. Mostly, because I didn’t want to explain that I had anxiety. Plus, sometimes I felt guilty and kind of lazy to say that I was taking time to take care of myself.
As time as gone by, I get that when someone does something out of the norm, it will be questioned. It seems like all around me, people strive to work full-time. It is sign of accomplishment. As I have spoken more about anxiety, it has become an easier question to answer. However, sometimes, I wonder, I like working part-time, do I really have to justify that? Yet, as I am re-reading this, I do question, do I sound kind of “braggy” saying that I can choose to work part-time? What do you think?