I think this blog highlights such important lessons we all must learn in order to be happy and fulfilled:
1. Our careers are marathons, not sprints. You can slow down or completely step out of your fast-paced corporate job for a bit in order to focus on your family and health and then step back into your career whenever you choose. It doesn't mean you're not career driven or ambitious if you take a break for the sake of your happiness and health. As long as you don't give up on yourself, your skills and development while your taking a break you will be absolutely fine to jump back in when you decide the time is right.
2. We must give up on perfection - we are never going to be perfectly happy with every part of our lives all at once e.g. career, relationship, family, social life, hobbies, health, personal development, spirituality, finances etc. All you can do is decide on 2 or 3 which you are going to prioritise for a period of time.
3. Prioritisation is key. However in order to prioritise you need to have a direction, goals, a vision of what you want life to look like in the near future. When you have this you will then know with clarity what you should say yes to and what you should say no to on a daily basis. It is these day to day decisions that really put us on our path and allow us to feel fulfilled.
4. Accept that work life balance is not reflective of reality and you will probably always feel disappointed if you strive for this. Find what gives you purpose and joy and don't worry about anything else.
5. Madeleine Albright is a wise woman: "We need to understand milestones in our lives come in chapters."
This brings me to the most important lesson I wished I’d known when I first had kids: There’s no such thing as balance, only priorities of the moment. The parents I know who seem most content, and the most high-functioning, are those who have their priorities figured out. They focus on two, maybe three, things (i.e. family, job, health), and let the rest of the chips fall where they may. It’s those of us who seek the great job, quality time with our kids, a full social calendar, fitness and travel who are inevitably disappointed.