Alongside the gray road, you will encounter people who speak of work-life balance. You have a hard time taking that topic seriously.
The idea of work-life balance reminds you of people who put milk in their coffee. If the coffee isn’t good, just drink better coffee.
After a few years on the gray road, you’ve learned a few things. Not because you’re so smart, but through blistering repetition.
You’ve learned that most people haven’t had good coffee. They think that’s what coffee is. (You used to think that yourself.) That kind of coffee, of course, you balance out with milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk, cream, and sugar.
And work like that, work so bad that people start talking about work-life balance and with standing meetings where everybody sits for half an hour and organizational culture and institutional values and birthday parties?
Work like that, you balance with life.