I’ve said this before on this exact same topic, and it holds true two years later.
A lot of times people say that it would be nice to be single and have so much free time on your hands. What I’d like to know is: exactly WHERE is the free time? Do we get more secret hours in a day? Do we have a special club no one told me about where they keep the singles’ time machine?
As far as I know, we all have the same amount of time. Maybe a mom spends more hours taking care of little ones, or a wife spends more time washing dishes, but I can tell you this – sometimes it is exhausting to be a single associate attorney.
Here’s the key reason why: There is NO help. None.
No one else can go grocery shopping for me. No one else can run a load of laundry. No one else can grab the dishes before they go to work that morning. No one else can prep the coffee pot, help make my lunch or make a quick trip to the store when your bag full of pasta sauce and salsa shatters 30 minutes before girl’s night starts.
— Brittany (@Brittany_WMSB) August 25, 2013
I worked 61 hours last week over 6 days, and Saturday was *only* for four hours. I’m tired.
I understand that I chose this career (lately I’m wondering what the hell I was thinking). And this chaos comes in waves. There ARE times I’m home at 6 PM in my pajamas with a clean house. But that’s rare.
Thankfully I now work for a firm where my bosses are very gracious and have given me a few days off this month. No one here has told me I have to take a crappy task or travel out of town due to an emergency because I don’t have a family.I definitely appreciate the change in attitude from my bosses. Firm atmosphere really does make a difference. But unfortunately, there are still only 24 hours a day, I’m the only source of income, the only possible driver for unexpected shopping emergencies, and the only one who can start and finish a load of laundry (as long as I remember to pick up the quarters from the bank).
All I want right now is a little bit of help, apparently the exact same kind of help I wanted in 2011.
…And some sleep.