Kobe Bryant just announced that he would retire from playing basketball once the current season comes to an end. Earlier today on the morning radio waves, Kobe was praised and glorified by the hosts across the globe for his professional accomplishment to a point, where, as a listener, I was left with the impression that he was a some sort of hero, whose life I wanted to emulate badly. No doubt Kobe was and is an excellent athlete; that being said, medias’ heavy emphasis, solely, on his professional credits somehow made me think that his work was his life. Of course, on a conscious level, I knew that was not the case. However, the intricacy of work life equation is always challenging to manage.
Is our life defined by, or almost equivalent to our work?
Some of us will say no, because there is more to life than what we do to make money in order to sustain our livelihood. Some of of us will say yes, because we tend to spend so much time at work and, large part of our daily living is happening in the confine of professional space and, revolving around our colleagues; and hence this notion of work is life is not that far-fetched; rather, is quite truth-telling.
In my opinion, work is not exactly life. Although, for many of us, a majority of life happen at work; however, life is bigger than any work-space can contain. At work, we are expected to be professional; in other words, sharing and presenting the best personal traits and merits, while keeping those sides of us that may undermine our importance and destroy our reputation in the public eyes under cover. In life, over time, we have no choice but accept and learn to live with personal characteristics that may have the potential to make us look like a jerk in the eyes of others if they were ever exposed and discovered, because we realize that, just like us, life is not a spotless creation. Rather, it is made up of purity and stain, glory and ugliness. The mixing of the polar opposites is what makes life an interesting yet, at times, difficult journey to travel along.
Medias tend to magnify the ups of a public figure’s vocational journey. The cherry-picking reporting style creates a faux illusion of the perfect life, the likes of Kobe Bryant leads. No, although Kobe has a spectacular career; however, he does not have a perfect life.