American work culture pushes us to “win,” but I simply want to “be.”

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I walked away from my senior-level 9 to 5 job a few years ago — a seven-year-long career predicated by my immigrant parents’ high expectations, two expensive degrees, and a drive to win a respectable livelihood through work.

Prior, I grew up in New Hampshire by way of two Haitian-born parents who, independent of one another, immigrated to America…