End of My Career

women's rights I would never sell the dish-washer and the laundry-machine, for I am too lazy to do all the washing myself. Yet, there is a thing I discovered: the more machines do for you at home, the more you will have to exercises and pay for it too.

When I left my job as a scientific researcher years ago, I started writing my first book. Yet, I did not think very highly of it. In my eyes I became a housewife. And my self-esteem suffered a low blow.

Today, five years from the moment I stopped pursuing a career, I am beginning to value the housework.

Firstly, it is work that deserves respect as any other honest endeavor.

Secondly, housework, especially if you use less electric appliances than fashionable these days, burns calories. I could buy dough for instance. If I knead the dough though, I will not only get exercise, but also get the therapy for the pain in my wrist that comes from typing.

Thirdly, cooking and baking are just as difficult as any intellectual work. I cannot cook, when my concentration is low. Well, maybe something really simple, but even a plain dish is in danger of overcooking or getting too salted on a grim day.

Take care,
Helena Smole, author of Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

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