For most people their life consists of working for months at a time in order to safe enough money for a one week vacation. Ludicrous if you ask me. Working five days a week just so you can have two days off, working 50 weeks a year just so you can MAYBE have two weeks off. And those two weeks aren’t even guaranteed paid vacation. And people are actually made to believe that this is ‘normal’. Well if that’s what being normal is like, then I don’t want to fucking be normal.
“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it” – Ellen Goodman
Doesn't this sound awfully familiar to you? Do you think anyone in your life may be able to relate? I think the answer to that would be a big fucking yes! Work shouldn’t be a grinding, soul-crushing rat race for the almighty dollar.
I think there is so much more to life than society wants us to believe. From an early age on you are taught to go to school, go to college, and accumulate an insane amount of debt for a piece of paper that does absolutely mean nothing in this day and age.
Major in a field that you very likely won't even like a few years down the road, because let's face it, do you really think at 18 years of age you know what you want to do with the rest of your life ? I sure as hell didn't.
How could anyone?
People change. Your desires and dreams will not stay constant. They evolve, just like you.
Your path at 22 will not necessarily be your path at 32 or 42. Ones dream is constantly evolving, rising and falling, changing course.
Next thing you know, you’re $60,000 in debt, looking for a shit job that maybe pays you $40,000 a year, where you’ll be spending the next 40 years of your life, 15 of which you’ll be spending paying that worthless degree off. And all that wouldn’t even be so bad if it was for the high likelihood that you’ll be fucking miserable at your job.
Now if you love your job, if you love what you do, then this doesn’t really apply to you. You’re living the dream. Being genuinely happy with your line of work is extremely important.
Unfortunately I know very few of those type of people. The majority of people are unhappy with how they earn their money. Yet they don’t try to escape their shitty jobs. They’ve simple accepted their mediocre lives. They figure that maybe if they keep on playing the lottery for a few years they maybe, just maybe get lucky. Newsflash: Playing the lottery isn’t the answer, and neither is whining about your shitty 9-5 job.
See the thing with punching a time clock is that you put in X amount of hours and receive X amount of money for it. When you don’t ‘work’, you don’t get paid. See the problem with that concept? You do not get rich by saving a small portion from your salary. A salary is essentially someone telling you: “hey I give you $32,000 after taxes and in return you give me 2000 hours of your life”. It’s you compromising how much your time is worth.
People will tell you that money isn’t everything. And that is absolutely true. But money buys you freedom, freedom to do whatever you want. When you constantly have to punch a time clock you do not have that luxury. You’re forced to punch that time clock, day in and day out. It’s an endless hamster wheel.
They give you just enough in order for you to keep coming back. And then they have the audacity to expect you to be grateful to be working for them; working for chump change. If you’re content with that, by all means, stick to it. But I can’t understand how any sane person would be okay with that.
I honestly believe that life is about trying to make the thing that you love the most in the world, work for you. Meaning that, let’s say you love cars, figure out a way where you can exercise that passion for cars, while still getting paid for it. Doing what you love and getting paid for it at the same time is all about practicality.
No one is going to pay you to be at home, watching Netflix, eating Cheetos. But someone might just pay you for writing movie reviews. Analyzing TV shows. Whatever the fuck it is that you love doing, make it work for you.
There are people that are getting paid thousands of dollars for making fucking YouTube videos and you want to tell me that it is necessary to punch a time clock for 40 years just to make a little bit of money? You must be out of your mind. Allocate the next 3-4 years of your life to try to execute on the thing that you want to do for the rest of your life.
If you’re unhappy with your life, then fix it. Figure it out. It’s very easy to feel sorry for yourself. Very easy to accept that well maybe lives dealt you a shitty hand so you should just accept it. The truth is, only you have the power to change your life for the better. No one else can do it for you. It’s so easy to get sucked up into mediocrity, because well everyone does it. Everyone pays $300 for a car payment, so why shouldn’t you right? Everyone always wants the newest iPhone, so why shouldn’t you right?
You know what every person who has ever amounted to something in their lives have in common? At some point in their lives they have done what their peers wouldn’t do. They didn’t follow what everyone else was saying. They didn’t stay content with a 9-5 job. They didn’t trade in their valuable time for a lousy paycheck. They choose to be different. They went against the grain.
And that is what I think everyone should do; everyone who isn’t happy with where they are in life.
"A 9-5 job is the modern day slavery and debt is the catalyst for it." - Marvin Scholz