Unless you live in a hole, you’ve probably noticed the dramatic panic attack that is on the news 24×7. Without all this doomsday talk, until recent, things have been rather status quo for me. I have however been struggling with this thing called work life balance. As my marathon training comes to it’s peak, I’m under a lot of stress. Self inflicted stress of course. But then there is the work stress added to that.
For the most part, I would say I enjoy my job. I am obsessed with the endurance sports lifestyle, running and triathlon keep me motivated, challenged, put things in perspective and help me relax. For the better part of my work day, I’m browsing the very websites known throughout the endurance world and helping them monetize their passion for sports. But lately, the rat race has gotten to me. Perhaps its the marathon training coming to a peak and race day looming closer that has put me on edge. Whatever the reason, I seem to find myself unable to get a decent night’s sleep. I’m cranky that I can’t get home from work at a decent hour, that I can’t seem to forget about work when I turn off the lights to sleep and that I am constantly feeling the pressure of not performing at my best.
Now all this talk of “crisis” and I think I’m catching the self-doubt crisis bug myself. Times are tough for sure, but the panic mode the media has inflicted on the world has now trickled to the advertising industry. It seems that they are unsure of where this crisis is headed and as panic sets in, advertising budgets are being slashed as if to curb further horror that may still lie out there. This all seems very silly to me, as people still go to websites looking for sport related content. The NFL still plays. College football still goes on. I’m still running my marathon and as long as I do that, I will continue to read up on nutrition tips and the latest gear reviews and I will click on that skyscraper ad telling me about a holiday gear sale (I’m a bit of a gear whore).
Times are tough and it seems to be a time for self-reflection. How did we get to this difficult spot? But more importantly, how can I get out of this difficult spot? I really wish I had the answer. I just try to remind myself again why I do my job despite that I may be too exhausted from work some days to make it to my zen moment of swimming, biking or running. It makes the zen moment all that more meaningful when I do get there.