Jennifer Aniston has apparently decided to take a year off from her film career to focus on new love Justin Theroux. Whilst this seems silly to us mere mortals who always have to juggle personal life with work, I actually applaud her for it. Her job involves visiting film sets in far off places as does Justin’s whilst both are surrounded by others actors and actresses who tend to be a promiscuous lot. I think if she’s found someone she cares about she should give it the best chance possible and leaving him for 3 months isn’t doing that. By staying in the same place they can actually get to know each other and build something solid enough for when they do go back to work.
As a single gal I struggle to find a personal life. I commute to work so am out of the house 12 hours a day from 7am to 7pm, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for a social life to even find someone to date let alone actually fitting in the dates to begin with. The weekend rolls around and I’m tired, want to see friends and family, write etc which also means I don’t feel like pursuing my future husband 🙂
I can really relate to Jennifer’s struggle even though she is a millionaire A list star because it’s so hard to get the right work / life balance nowadays and one areas usually ends up suffering. If you have the money like she does to take work out of the equation then why not try it. It may be that their relationship ends up fading anyway because it’s not right but at least she’ll know she gave it the best shot and won’t walk away wondering if her career cost her love.
But I’m not an A list movie star and will remain wondering whether my work life is costing me happiness in my personal life or whether fate just hasn’t got around to sorting out my love life. And I suppose that’s the key to the whole debate – none of us know what is around the corner, we can focus on work or love but they both could fall apart anyway or something could change when we least expect it. Sometimes that’s of little comfort when I see people around me with their diamond rings and wedding plans but sometimes that’s all that does comfort me.
Would you give up work for love or vice versa?