Celebrity, Love, Musings

Swapping work for love

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 πŸ™‚

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?


25 thoughts on “Swapping work for love”

  1. Vix:
    Strong observations and honest words of your feeling. Very mature post that touches us all.
    I say Bravo to you and her.

  2. Being a star / millionaire gives her the luxury to take a hiatus. Most of us don’t have the ability to do that and have to manage the juggling act. Everyone tells me when you stop looking for it, you will find love. Right now, there are just too many other things that need more attention for me, but I’m open to the opportunity if it comes along. I think you should keep doing what you need to make you happy, and if you manage to make yourself happy, everything else will fall in to place. πŸ™‚

  3. I have a hard time imagining I would, but as an Angeleno especially I think it’s wonderful that she’s doing this. I hope it’s an investment with many happy returns. πŸ™‚

  4. I can’t even fathom being able to make that kind of choice–must be nice. And honestly…if I could take a “hiatus” from working…I might just want to have some me time too! I really think that the key is finding balance and being happy. Then things have a way of falling into place.

  5. I read about this, and my first response was NO! DON’T DO IT! I think any time you give up something that is BIG in your life for a love interest, you are laying the groundwork for resentment later on. Maybe she should just not work as much?

    Knows Nothing About Being A Movie Star πŸ™‚

  6. I did. Shouldn’t have. But I’m bitter in this department. And I think nobody should give up their independence for anything. Aniston can afford it though.
    This guy is pretty ugly….

  7. Ooooohhhh celeb gossip. Well I heard that she broke up his relationship with the last girlfriend, even calling her a home wrecker.
    But it would be nice if things work out for her. I also think one needs more than just love in their life. I get that they’re work is different, and maybe her offers are dying down (who knows), but having work in your life helps to give you something else to think about, makes you less clingy I think. Then again she is rich enough to just never have to work again, and she is old enough to know she shouldn’t be clingy. Let’s all hope it works out for Jen.

  8. I don’t think I would give up work, but if at all possible, I sure as heck would ‘slow down’ to be able to concentrate a little more on my significant hottie – oh, i mean other ;-). I certainly wouldn’t do it if my guy TOLD me to, but if it were my own decision, I think I would.

    pretty sure I’m not going to be faced with that dilema anytime soon though πŸ˜‰

  9. The way I’ve been working these past few weeks I’d happily give up work ( for anything not just love! ). I wonder how I managed to work all these hours when my kids were young…..

  10. I wonder if he is taking a year off as well?
    I can’t afford to take time off. Gotta mix it all in as best as possible.

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