Sometimes when people talk about ‘jobs’ they say they prefer to do work that they don’t have to take home, they say ‘just give me something I can stop thinking about at 5 pm’. I don’t know that I could live that way, only because I live to work on something that I’m obsessed with, or passionate about. Like one thing I just love to work on, leather jackets, or motorcycle jackets..I mean I just could not imagine doing anything else. But I can understand the comfort in having that clear separation between work and going home, like when you go home you just don’t think about anything else, right? You can compartmentalize your life into two sections, which could be comforting in a way..
For me, it’s the other way around. I don’t know what to do when I’m not at the studio. Of course there was that phase in my life during college when I was very social, going out all the time, but now I’m definitely not interested in ‘going out – out’ in that way…When I’m at the studio I feel so much happier than being anywhere else, it’s definitely like ‘home’ to me..if I have some kind of problem with a sleeve, or there is some technical issue with what I’m designing and I haven’t got the solution yet, I really can’t just leave it and go out with friends after, because I’ll just be obsessing over it all night..like about how to find the solution…and so if my day doesn’t work out the way I expect it to, I don’t even like to go out after..Don’t necessarily think this is a good thing, I mean there should be a line between your work and your personal life..I don’t know, but then I can also say work is so personal for me. There is no divide, which is not always so good.
How do you guys prefer your work? Do you prefer to have a job where you don’t have to take your work home at the end of the day, or do you like to be fully immersed so that your work permeates every aspect of your life? Or are you just one of those perfect people that have it both ways?