Thursday, 18 November 2010

Worcaholic… who?!

Someone who works very hard with a lot of passion is supposed to be a workaholic. Please note, the word is referred to people working at work places only. It is okay to shun your personal life and the responsibilities attached with it if one is a workaholic. In fact, it is a matter of pride to be one. What will you call someone who works like crazy at home, as in, household work, taking care of family, home, the garden, etc? A maniac? Why is there a discrimination?

I know many people who hardly work at office, but spend a lot of time pretending to work, and they are often referred to as workaholics! There are some more that bring home work and spend a lot of the work time on blogs, facebook, twitter etc, but they are those famous (read infamous) workaholics! Those housewives, retired people who love their homes and take extra care of their household are hardly given any credit, and are hardly appreciated. An aunt is often asked to consult a psychiatrist because she cleans her house several times a day because she loves a neat and clean house. She is not a proud workaholic, but a maniac! Isn’t that funny??

2 comments:

drift wood said...

I really like the distinction, rather the hypocrisy, inherent in the way we tend to label and lump things together. Could it be that we tend to be dismissive of roles that are relegated to the household, which may not have an easily measurable economic benefit (of course, if one were to come down to brass tacks a stay-at-home mom's contribution would touch sky-high figures)?

Pinky Says said...

Loved this post and agree with you. Household work is still not respected though it is equally difficult if not more tough than a real job. Nowadays with the increasing scarcity of household help and of course the expense in cities, maybe its time stay at home Moms n Dads got their due respect. And psst...am totally a workaholic on FB and Twitter and Blogs. You got me. :P That is my real job! :)