What are your hobbies, and how do you manage them?
Mainly interested in feedback from working professionals (vs. students still in school) in IB, or other demanding industries i.e. PE, big law, etc. After working in IB for ~4 years now, I've become very one dimensional as I've flourished on the professional side, however have been relatively stagnant on the personal front. I'm sure many on this board can relate, particularly for the type A personalities out there where you have to excel at whatever you do. IB in itself is already particularly demanding, but striving for top bucket every year effectively sterilizes any life outside of work you can have.
As I reflect on my past decade or so in life and contrast what occupied my time in university vs. today, it's sad that a lot of what I've enjoyed in the past (sports, working out, reading, etc.) has come and gone. I'm very social and never had issues maintaining a conversation on dates, however over time it seems like I'm struggling to come up with much to offer aside from what I do for a living. Don't get me wrong - I love my job and plan on making a long term career out of it, but especially in light of COVID I've realized that this isn't how I'd want to live forever.
I know the advice many will give is to make time for those hobbies, and I'm working on that. However, I'm turning to those more experienced than I with a few questions:
1. If I plan on staying on IB for the rest of my career, is this a fact that I will have to sadly accept? Question is a bit rhetorical as I know the answer to a certain extent, but more curious as to how people have managed this (goes back to the whole WLB discussion)
- Have your hobbies evolved over time, particularly during your working years vs. time in school? My question is probably more applicable for those without kids, as understandably your priorities will change
- What are your hobbies today? Obviously I should be the one deciding on what will make me happy, however appreciating the time constraints in the industry, there are a number of hobbies that just won't work with our lifestyle. I'm open minded to trying new things so curious what you keep yourselves occupied with