Ours can be a very lonely profession. Especially if we live on our own or are tied to the home as parents or carers. And jobs that ping into our inbox at unexpected times can make us change our plans and batten down the hatches until we meet the deadline. Because we need the money, don’t want to disappoint the client or cannot find anyone else to take the work on for us. And perhaps also because we’ve become workaholics.
Recent trends in translation have included renting office space with other freelancers (not necessarily translators) and co-working days with more local colleagues to stave off feelings of boredom and loneliness. But both these measures still involve work.
Just before Xmas I received a motivational email from Simon Sinek. He’s been nominated by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the 25 successful people who’ll help change your life in 2018. I’ve been getting his messages for a while. Most of them are inspiring, although I don’t relate much to the ones on leadership. But this particular thought was rather sobering:
If we push people away because of work, then when we’re finally free, there will be no friends left … just plenty of time for more work.
A few days later a Christmas card arrived from an old university friend I haven’t seen for a while. She told me her New Year’s resolution was to see friends and asked if we could meet up halfway between our respective coastal towns.
This idea is so simply splendid that I’ve decided to adopt it as my resolution too. It’s time for me to leave the computer at home and get out and enjoy myself as often as I possibly can. To reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Because being active on social media doesn’t equate to having a social life. And when I get back to the grind, I might find I’m in a more positive frame of mind and that my translations flow better as a result.
Whatever you decide to do in 2018 workwise, I hope your personal life will bring you immense satisfaction and happiness. Wishing you all the best and thanks for reading.