Walk in Fire

The old Doves song hits differently when I think about my own addiction. Work. It’s an embarrassing affliction that is often met with admiration without acknowledging its insidious impact on the individual if not addressed properly. I was reared to keep my head down, work hard. If things got rough, I worked harder. It didn’t matter if my body rebelled. I willed myself to survive at the detriment of connection with my own body and dangerous consequences. I wondered why I never felt attraction or able to date unless I was on vacation or between jobs. It’s hard to put down this inherited survival strategy passed down like a precious family heirloom. It’s hard to know who I am without a job. A recovering addict I suppose. Learning how to have a healthy relationship with work feels overwhelming but necessary.


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Aug 26, 2023 at 2:27pm

Work is the curse of the drinking class.
---Oscar Wilde

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Addicts come in many forms

Aug 28, 2023 at 9:09pm

Workaholics are only one kind. Some people escape by relentlessly exercising, some by drinking, some by drugs, some by food, some by gaming, whatever. Anything a person is doing excessively or compulsively could be considered an addiction. I know what it’s like because I struggle with addiction tendencies myself, including the workaholic type. I once lost a job unexpectedly and it devastated me because it was such a big part of my identity at that time. At least you’re recognizing it for what it is, and hopefully you’ll be able to change things to get some more healthy balance in your life.

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