Of finding a balanced work/life

“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen”

 – leonardo da vinci-


Perhaps its human nature to always covet what we dont have. Just today, my colleague who works in the same ward expressed his intention to apply for a transfer to work in a polyclinic setting as opposed to a hospital environment.

I was surprised as he doesnt strike to me as someone who would enjoy working in KK. While that same thought could have resonate within him, his reasons for the air of change was far beyond the cause of work. He was looking for ‘life outside work’. As opposed to myself who is yearning for a ‘balanced life outside work’.

Him, working as a medical MO is very demanding. That, I understand. Its the same everywhere even in Borneo. They hardly get to sleep during their calls and is still expected to turn up for work the next day till 5pm (at least). On top of that, its something they have to get used to doing about 7 -8 times a month for a mean sum of money.

And I see this happening across other departments as well. Which is why having a career in Anaesthesia lured me. At least I get ‘post call off’.

That little time allowed me that rare chance to visit banks or malls, get the laundry done, stock up the fridge, spend time with baby etc.  ‘Post call off day’ granted me oportunities to cook awesome, slightly complicated meals for my husband. On certain days, even a short visit to the SPA for a massage or facial. It also gives me a chance to catch up on abit of reading and studying. It was precious time spent on clearing and archiving my thoughts just so I can keep functioning day by day.

That was the appeal for Anaesthesia back where I came from. I hope to seek the same incentive in this new place. However, I should start by making steps to set foot there first. Im still more than 27KM away from where I should be.

3R : Read, Reflect, Respond

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