On Thursday, there was a very much anticipated IPO; Twitter, the birthplace of 140 character message, went public. It’s big news on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley, and right here in my hometown of San Francisco.
The stock was priced at $26 but quickly soared and opened at $45.10, which gives the social media giant a value of over $30 billion. The local news covered the IPO as if it was an event like New Year’s Eve; there is excitement in the air, you can just sense it. Overnight, San Francisco will have even more very rich residents, and it’s already one of the top five wealthiest cities in the United States. While I’m very happy for those who won the “I have a really cool job” lottery, I’m also very, very jealous.
I have many regrets, but as these millionaires are made overnight, gaining financial security for the rest of their life, what I regret most is that I didn’t pursue a job in the social media sector. We all make choices, and mine was to embrace the flexibility and fun of full-time blogging. Had I made adjustments to my schedule and career goals to go back to my marketing and internet experience (where I was before blogging), I could have been sipping champagne, eating bon-bons, and watching my stocks go up and up and up. If my daughter wanted to go to Yale (and if she got in), I would be able to afford it. If we wanted to jet off to Paris for Christmas, we could. And most importantly, those bills that worry me every single day? They would be paid in full. Oh, and our gutters … our gutters would finally be fixed!
But working for a company like Twitter also means long hours, not being able to volunteer as much at my daughter’s school, and not being able to help my dad out as much as I do. It’s all a trade-off. But on days like this, I question my choices. As a working mother, I find I question my choices a whole lot and daydream of what-ifs, should-of’s, and could-of’s. It’s human nature. I know I am not the only one out there filled with envy as they hear of the newfound wealth that Twitter employees will be enjoying.
I look at my path and think, “Why didn’t I sacrifice more of my family time to have more financial stability?” But then I should remember that there is the other side, those who regret putting everything into their jobs and who rarely see their kids. Those who are so absorbed in their careers that their family life is almost non-existent. So this begs the question: is there such a thing as a happy medium? What kind of job is out there that will allow you to have financial freedom AND have time for your family? If you know, could you tell me?
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