I currently have a job that keeps me on the road a lot - and I mean a lot. I usually call it “weeks at a time for months at a time”. I’ve been living in hotels since April, only able to return home every other weekend, with an occasional full week at home. Fortunately, I travel to the same town for several months at a time, not a new city every time. After spending all summer/fall in Brampton, Ontario (3 hours from home), I now expect to spend most of winter/spring in Belvidere, Illinois (6 hours from home).
Before this job started to involve intense travel, I had been very active in my parish, mostly with the youth ministry program. However, because my time at home is so limited, I find it impossible to help as I had before. On the other hand, because I go home every other weekend (and because my boss doesn’t really provide a long term forecast of where I’ll be), I find my time in the new town so fragmented that I’m not sure how to participate in anything besides Sunday masses.
Coworkers like to point out “At least you’re single and don’t have kids!” but I usually have to reply that my situation basically isolates me from having a serious relationship, much less forming a family. The diversions that most of my coworkers enjoy most - drinking and televised sports - don’t appeal to me. Sightseeing and sampling local restaurants loses it’s appeal quickly. Movies, TV, and websurfing get monotonous. Working out at the gym isn’t my bag. I’m not a very outgoing person, so I don’t find it easy to meet locals.
One thing I do recognize out of all of this is that the best thing to come of this situation has been that I really recognize and cherish the value of time. I still absolutely treasure even the limited time I get with friends and family at home.
Does anyone have any advice on how (as a Catholic, of course) to adapt to a situation like this?