My original stint in London was supposed to have been 3 months. At the end of that, they weren’t tired of me yet, so I got extended by another 3. Not too long after that I was asked to stay a bit longer still.Even though I was enjoying my assignment, I was also thinking about “moving on”. In other words, I wasn’t as attached to the job as I had been. Which gave space for some re-negotiating…
It’s a well known saying: “You work to live, you don’t live to work”. And so I asked whether they would consider keeping me on for four days, instead of the five I had been doing so far. Which, after some thinking, was accepted.
As mentioned, this was a while back, meaning that until my new contract came into force, I would still be on my old schedule. There is another relevant saying: “Good things come to those who wait” (with the addendum that you do have to ask first).
I’ve patiently waited and this week, today, was my first “day off”.
And all of this without any sense of haste or the feeling that things have to be done.
It really is true, it’s much better to work to live than the other way around.
Maybe they’ll let me work three-and-a-half days per week?
I’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.
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