Steve Jones - SSC Editor (5/30/2014)
Thomas Abraham (5/30/2014)
If you are afraid of taking time away from work (using words like 'nervous' and 'scary'), perhaps you derive too much of your own sense of worth from your job? Just a suggestion.
I think it's a bit of concern as this has been my responsibility for a decade. To be fair, I also have struggled with being away from my wife and kids for any length of time. I think I'm just a "routine" person that craves familiarity
I think many technical folks fall into that mode. What seems obsessive to normal folks, is just the comfort of a routine to a mind that runs too well for it's own good sometimes. (Speaking for myself here.)
I'll likely get in trouble for this, but men seem to derive too much self-esteem from their jobs, and women (in general, there are exceptions, please don't slap me too hard) tend to derive too much self-esteem from how well their children are doing - which, in a more chauvinist era would have been construed as their job.
At any rate, this was more a comment on how people in general, and I'm guilty here too, tend to get their sense of who they are from what they do. Sorry if this drifted a bit too philosophical.
Enjoy your sabbatical Steve!
[font="Verdana"]Please don't go. The drones need you. They look up to you.[/font]
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