I found this article in 1843 magazine interesting. I think the concept of burnout and the stories of people formerly being ambitious and suddenly giving up and wanting to veg out resonated with me. I also think the questions of who’s ambitions were being met in their lifestyles were relevant.
The idea that attempting to promote relaxation and leisure activities in the workplace may only serve to blur the boundaries between work and home life, and cause strife, is also an pertinent one. Perhaps then, what we really need is to walk away and value our private time more. This is becoming harder and harder, especially as we’re all at work cultivating our social media presence.
The world today is much smaller, and it’s much harder to afford yourself that personal space, away from anyone else. The question that remains is just how important is that reflective space which we deny ourselves?