In 2018 I was working for a big company. My manager lived on the other side of the world but I had to go to an office.
My mom was a bit down those days and I asked my boss if I could go to Spain for a week or two and work from there.
I was expecting something like: "sure, no problem!". But, he said no.
Next week, I quit and I went to visit my mom.
If my job doesn't allow me to visit my mom, it's not for me. I don't want to choose between my work or my life. Because there is no such thing.
Balance is why I became an Indie Hacker. And losing balance is why I quit.
You need to understand that there is no balance between life and work. There is only balance in life.
Life is everything.
People say that what you do doesn't define who you are. This only true when you think Work-Life Balance is real. It doesn't tell the full story, but a very important part.
Life has many faces. Love, friendship, exercise, learning, teaching... and work. Work is a big one. Work makes us feel useful, important, gives meaning to our lives, like many other things, but work is not an external part of you.
And that's why we want to be Indie Hackers. Because when you do it, work merges with life.