To me, it is a natural desire to work as one professional person, have my personal time and also cherish family time all together. But I think it is not a proper expectation to have such things at one time, especially if you are a female.
I've been worked for this company for 10 years, yes, a "decade" already. It is my first company since my graduation, and during this period I have experienced so many things,, my colleagues who joined at the same year have left already, the department I first joined was extinct because of organization restructuring, and the team was broken up at a moment's notice in one night. And here, I am still here... well what a surprise.
And now we welcome our new family, and I'm taking a half year child-care leave, "OFF" from my 10 years routine days.
I'm going to take 5 and a half months "Long Vacation"!!
Of course I know I'll have new job, delivering a baby and take care of her though, to me, it will be definitely a reward after 10 years continuous work. When I imagine my "vacation", one idea immediately hit me :
" I want to go somewhere else, different place from my home, and having a very intimate time with my small family."
How this sounds to you? Then how about "During wkday, my husband go to office from morning till late night, and I'm with a baby all day long. Only two days wkend, we can have some family time with three of us."
I believe later is the reality for us typical Japanese woman. HOWEVER, this sounds not right to me. That is not what I want for my child-care leave.
So we've decide to go forward, to the place where only we can go now, and feasible to go with three of us. We talked and made a plan for our family future which is so "us", and in order to celebrate Sana's birth, we both take a parental leave, so that we could come here "KAIYU" to have a wonderful family time.
I think we should be brave enough to get, or at least to seek for what we really want. I even think it is very strange that everyone want the same thing, the same life style and values. Everyone cannot predict future thus it is inevitable to have concerns for one's future. If so, I want to focus on now and try to pile small happiness in every minutes. Hope we can pursue our happiness and so does other people.