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Work to Live, Don't Live to Work

Posted on June 01 2017

Work to Live, Don't Live to Work
The other day I was watching this movie called ‘In Time’, which I highly recommend you watch. I don’t want to spoil the movie but in essence the movie takes place in a world where time is currency. Essentially; time is money. The rich can live forever while the poor struggle just to see another day.
I loved the concept of the movie. It was different, unique and quite frankly, it couldn’t be more relevant in today's society.
When you work for someone else for a paycheck with X amount of zeros on it, you’re essentially giving hours of your life away for that paycheck. Hours that you will never get back. Sometimes those hours are necessary, sometimes they are even worth it. Whether or not they are, is something you have to ask yourself. But most of the time, people will waste their precious lives, working at a job that they hate, for poor pay, all while making someone else rich.
Someone else pursued their dream and made it come a reality, meanwhile you’re out there pursuing a paycheck.  A salary from a job that you’re not completely passionate about is essentially a bribe that they give you so that you can forget your dreams.
“Here’s a $60,000 salary for you, now go ahead and work those 47 hours a week that I need you to work, and remember that you have only 2 weeks a year of paid vacation. Oh, and please try not to take any sick time that you have, which by the way is unpaid anyway.”
Is that really a life that you want to live? Have someone else tell you what to do and when to do it just because they sign your paycheck? I don’t wish that upon anyone. You need to do what makes you happy, even if it doesn’t bring in the big bucks.
Don’t get me wrong now, money is important in this world. For better or for worse, it is very fucking important. And not for those obvious reasons that you may think. Sure yeah, money puts food on your table, a roof over your head and it puts clothes on your back. But that’s not the true reason why money is important. Not really.  Money gives you freedom, freedom to do the things that you want, the things that your soul craves, the things that make life worth living.
Money doesn’t give you good health and it doesn’t make you immune to heartache. But money lets you be who you truly want to be, and there my friend, is no greater pleasure in this world, than being who you want to be. 
Some people get so caught up in working to make money, that they forget to live. What’s good all the money when you have no time to spend it? Remember, you are in this world to live, not to work.
Going back to what I was saying earlier about the movie; in it people wear their life on their arm. Quite literally. Every person has a countdown embedded on their arm, like a tattoo. That clock counts down to a very important event; the end of one’s life. And everything you do costs time.
Now in real life there isn’t a giant timer on our forearm that counts down to our death, or is there?
We all have a clock that’s ticking, just because we can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.
At some point, we all will leave this earth. Some of us have more time, others not so much.  What we do with the time while we’re here is what matters.
That’s why you need to worship your time like it’s the most valuable thing that you have, because it really is.
And every day that goes by, the limited time that you have, you exchange it for something else. Whether it is spending 6 hours at school, or 8 hours working. So, ask yourself this, is what you’re currently doing really worth your time?
Let that question guide you through your life. If the answer is no, then you know that you need to change what you’re doing. If the answer is yes, if you think that you’re spending your time wisely, then you know you’re on the right track.
If you only had one year to live, would you really be doing what you currently are doing? How about 3 years, or 5?
That is the question that you need to ask yourself. Because if what you are doing isn’t worth your precious time, then why do it? Why waste the one thing that should be the most valuable thing to you, on people or things that aren’t worthy of it?


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