This week on Everything is Fine

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A while back, Jenn and I solicited your questions for an Ask Us Anything, and you ladies flooded us with a wave of thoughtful, funny, and frankly occasionally-difficult-to-answer questions. So many, in fact, that we’ve decided to make this episode a two-parter. Tune in and find out when we were happiest, how we deal with burnout, our idea of fun, and so very much more, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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    Lynn
    5 Apr 2022
    12:24pm

    Hospice nurse here. Listened over my lunch break and had to write a comment (for the very first time). With over a decade of experience, and hundreds of convos with people on their death bed; not a single one ever regretted not having a work identity. Many people though, regret putting too much into work and neglecting relationships. I have full stomach on our American society and its glorification of WORK. Work is what you do, not who you are . Anyway that is my takeaway from death bedside. Peace to all.

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      Alice S
      5 Apr 2022
      1:52pm

      Hi Lynn,
      First of all thank you for the work you do. Hospice staff have helped me deeply in the toughest of moments. You are wired different.
      I came here to say the same about the deathbed-regrets part of the conversation. It had actually never occurred to me that someone would have work-related regrets! While this won’t (I think) be a regret I have when my time comes, it was FASCINATING to hear Kim and Jen so solidly come down on the side of professional accomplishments! (I heard it as – they were thinking more of big steps, not the slog of hours at work.) But I had to pause and re-listen because it was completely unexpected. I’m curious how other listeners responded, and if anyone felt similar to Kim and Jen?

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    Jenn Romolini
    5 Apr 2022
    5:46pm

    I never know whether it’s useful to clarify or not, but here goes: I do not believe I will come to the end of my time on earth and think: Hoo boy, I wish I’d been in a corporate office more days/ working a job I barely liked/fake laughing at the mediocre jokes of my boss, a person I don’t totally like or respect. But I can imagine thinking: I wish I’d made more things, interviewed that one person, traveled to that weird place for that weird event, wrote a novel, found a way to bring that one story I loved into the world. My sense of adventure and possibility are currently wrapped up in what I do for work—it wasn’t always this way and I suspect it won’t always be this way, but right I am getting paid to make things and I like making things. There’s always a push-pull in creative life between time alone with your stuff & time with your life and the people in it; between the money/security jobs & struggling financially to do what you love, or at least like. I don’t know what I’ll regret when I’m old, which is the whole problem right? It’s impossible to know, anecdotes may help, but we’re all different, all need other things, as Ram Dass said “We’re all just here to walk each other home” and I guess I feel somehow that work, and —especially—the people I meet through work are all, for me, a big part of walking home.

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    Kate
    6 Apr 2022
    11:35am

    Kim and Jenn, I loved the Q&A format, and the real talk on relationships, too. I feel like that’s strangely absent in our society; I’m so fascinated by other people’s relationships, especially romantic, and what they have to say about them. Looking forward to installment #2.

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