I want to do everything. That is my downfall. I want to read all of the books, watch all the films and I most definitely want to see all the places. I desperately want to visit the Pyramids, the deserts of Nevada, the Great Wall of China, The Himalayas, the ancient Incan Empire at Machu Picchu. It’s as though I have an invisible force inside me that pulls me towards everything and no it’s not gravity…well that’s there too but this isn’t that. It’s the uncontrollable human instinct. The explorer in Columbus, the inquisitive mind of Darwin, the passion of Professor Cox. I just want to go everywhere! And if I had the time and money I would. I would be in a different destination as often as possible. I think sometimes it can become a hindrance though. It’s an awful feeling when you realise that you’re actually never going to have enough time to do everything. Time is just so precious to us and I hate time to be wasted. If you’ve had fun surely that time has not been wasted. I know we can’t just have constant fun, we have to do those mundane things like working and washing up but we should most definitely be having certain amounts of fun everyday. We should be investing more thought in how our time is spent because you can’t take it with you when you’re dead.
Many of us will spend up to twelve hours a day or more at work and even after you’ve finished for the day you have to travel home. Then when you get home you might have to cook tea, go to the gym and take time to unwind before going to bed, ready to start the whole process all over again. All in all you’re quite possibly spending up to 15 hours a day in your chosen employment. That’s 75 hours a week, if you work Monday – Friday, 300 hours a month or 3,600 hours a year spent at work. Considering there only 8,760 hours in a year that’s a rather large chunk. Especially if you’re working weekends. Then if we factor in things like sleeping, eating, showering etc, etc… then we have around 2,000 hours left to just ‘do stuff’ (Not that kind of stuff, get your minds out of the gutter :P). On average this is around 5.7 hours a day. Now, we’ve already established that you’re working for around 15 hours of your 24 hour day and we’re supposed to get around eight hours of sleep a night, then we have the eating, showering, blah blah blah to squeeze in. Something isn’t quite adding up here, now I know that maths is not my strong point but even I can see that there are just not enough hours in the day.
You see I do actually have a point here, my point is that you need to be happy in your job. I don’t mean that you need to jump out of bed with excitement every morning and skip to work, although if you do this that’s great! There are lots of people who love going to work, they love their jobs. But I am fairly certain that they have been in at least one job at some point in their lives that filled them with absolute dread and made them cry uncontrollably. I have been in this position twice in the past and it is not a good place to be. I understand that most people don’t have the luxury of being able to just quit their job, I certainly don’t and I don’t advise anyone to quit without having somewhere else to go, but is your job really worth that feeling of utter dread and nausea? Yes the money might be great but surely you can learn to live with a little less? Our time needs to be spent in a more healthy, happy way. If you hate your job, look for a new one. With the amount of time that we spend at our places of work we need to be happy there. It might not even be the job itself that you are unhappy with. It could be the environment, a specific person, a certain task that really stresses you out. It could just be a matter of making a small change. Personally I don’t believe that any job is worth risking your happiness or your health. You’re going to spend somewhere between 40 and 50 years of your life working, that is your life gone, do you really want to then spend your retirement years looking back thinking ‘I wish I’d done this’, ‘I wish I’d spent more time with kids’, ‘I wish I’d made more time for me’. You need ‘me’ time to recharge, don’t feel guilty for it. Thinking about making such a huge change to your life can be one of the most difficult positions to be in but only you can make that decision. Decide what is best for you and how you can make the most of your time on our Earth. ♥∞
Don’t ever let anyone make you think you’re not good enough.
Follow your dreams right now! Don’t wait until tomorrow,
next week, next year. Stop planning, start doing 🙂
‘Blind faith is no way to run a world’ – Victor Stenger