My 'real' job, the one that pays a consistent income, is midwifery. I work a shift or two per week at the local rural hospital in the maternity ward and then sometimes I work as a rural locum, covering the community midwives. That's what I'm doing at the moment. And boy, can it kick my butt.
I'm in a very privileged position to not have to work much usually. My husband often has to go away at short notice, or work long hours for his business, so we need me to be available to look after the kids. I know not everyone has that luxury and must organise childcare as well as their working lives. I know I'm privileged, but I really know it when I work locum.
I've been involved in three helicopter transfers of sick babies in the last couple of weeks. Today I need to drive for an hour to visit a bunch of women who live even more rurally than I do. My children got pulled out of bed at 5.30 am the other day because my husband had to start work early and I was at the hospital with a woman. It sucks. But it's exciting and fulfilling and important work too.
I'm trying to remember that. And I'm trying to catch glimpses of the good life in between the sucky bits.