Am I a workaholic?

If you asked me any time in the last few years if I was a workaholic, I would say no. Because in my mind, the term "workaholic" refers to working for someone else (for a lot of hours each day). I don't like that, 8 hours a day is close to all that I want to work, after that I want to have some free time. 

However, I do like to stay busy. I'm not "working" per say, no one is paying me for what I do and I don't have to do it, but I don't sit still much. I might be working on an Arduino project, reading up on some photography techniques, editing pictures, writing a blog post, playing a sport, or anything else.  I definitely stay busy, but none of it seems like work to me. 

One day during that time where all your family asks you "Where are you going to college" and "What do you want to do with your life," I remember Papa asking me a question that stuck with me. He asked "What do you enjoy doing?" (Which is a common question yes I know, but it stuck with me) I thought about it, and replied "My hobbies." He just chuckled and said that I get that from him. 

Thinking about it, I've never truly enjoyed any subject in school. Some subjects might interest me more than others (math vs history), but there hasn't been much that I enjoyed as much as any of my hobbies. I don't know if this is a common feeling or not. But I know I enjoy my hobbies, and maybe I just don't really enjoy doing work for other people. 

Anyways, back to the title: do I think I'm a workaholic? No, I don't. Because I don't consider most of what I do work. It's just fun, and how I spend my free time. But also other people might call me a workaholic, and I'm okay with that. 

Anyways, why are you reading this? I'm not that good of a writer, and surely you have better things to do with your life. Go outside or something:P

Jacob Thompson

Clemson, SC

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