My Week in Athens… Mar 14

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 05 February 2015
My Week in Athens… Mar 14
I’m sitting here thinking about my week, trying to remember what I did over the past seven days. And nothing really comes to mind. Absolutely nothing. Well, except one thing: work.

This has been one of those weeks where work has piled up, hour by hour, to the point where I can’t recall having left the house at all. Not even to the supermarket. I am sure that my local delivery guys think I’m as lazy as they come...

I can tell you the temperature in Brussels, Berlin and Boston – with as much accuracy as I can guess at the weather in Athens, since looking out the window and my phone’s weather feed are the closest things to an outdoor experience I’ve had in days… Judging from the view out there, I’m missing a beautiful week.

I’m at the point where I wonder what it’s all for… Don’t get me wrong, I have a typically North American attitude towards working and towards my career. But from time to time (to time) I find myself assessing what exactly I’d be giving up if I were to completely change directions, reinvent my working life, and escape the daily grind of typing into a computer and talking on the phone in return for a paycheck.

Then I realize that most of us probably fall in a similar boat – over-worked, over-stressed. And let’s not even talk about under-paid. And I also realize that I am one of the lucky ones who actually has a job and the luxury of complaining about being over-worked. Perspective is everything.

Until next week,


In this weekly space, keep up with ‘Jack’ as he navigates daily life in Athens… Anecdotes, stories, hits & misses, the good, the bad and, well, the rest…