“To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labour tends.”
— Samuel Johnson
I can’t tell you how true these words ring for me. As an introvert who would be happier working alone on a quiet project at home, I need to push myself out the door each morning to face the stimulating circumstances of the school environment. My coworkers, mostly extroverts, tend to be loud, talkative, and animated. At times the children, as a group, remind me of a hive of busy bees, buzzing and lively.
The work I do is, in every way, worthwhile, and the interactions I have while I am at school are positive, but for an introvert the stimulation can feel taxing, totally draining my energy. Knowing that I will be able to go home and recharge at the end of each work day is a relief and an incentive. I often do see work as a means to enjoying my quiet time at home. I don’t know whether the quotation’s author, Samuel Johnson was an introvert like me, but in reading his sentiment, I believe he looked forward to coming home at the end of the day as much as I do. 😉