The Joys of Being Unbalanced

Erin E. Rhinehart
Reality is unbalanced. It is messy, busy, distracting, and tiring. It is also challenging, fun, loving, and rewarding.

Reality is unbalanced. It is messy, busy, distracting, and tiring. It is also challenging, fun, loving, and rewarding.

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Men and women are finally catching on to the cruel joke that is "work-life balance." As I explained in an earlier article, “The Balance Delusion,” you simply cannot be all things to all people at all times. Balance is an unattainable goal. Yet, we feel like failures when we can't attain it. It is time to get real. Reality is unbalanced. It is messy, busy, distracting, and tiring. It is also challenging, fun, loving, and rewarding. The truth is you can have a satisfying career and a fulfilling life, regardless of whether that life includes children, a significant other, travel, or simply time to do whatever it is that you enjoy. Just don't expect it to be pretty all the time. Redefining expectations is essential. As lawyers, we are taught to manage clients' expectations, but we often fail to manage our own. So, what are some realistic expectations?

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