I know what you’re thinking, ‘Wait! What?!’ But, this is the rallying cry of this generation, or at least it would be if actions could really speak this is what they would say. So, I propose we make a new law that forces us to work more. This way our intentions will be clear. I mean, why not? It’s the way we design our lives anyway – right? We glorify staying busy. We fill our days with endless amounts of tasks and errands. We pile our lists sky high of to-do’s and expectations. We’re overworked and underpaid and we love it that way – right? No?
Hmmm, that’s funny. I would’ve thought that underneath that unfulfilled, dissatisfied exterior are truly happy people. I mean why else would anyone continue on this same well-worn path, stuck in this never-ending rat race, if on some level, they didn’t enjoy it that way?
Oh, I get it now! It’s easier to complain than change your life. Which brings me back to my original point: Live less, WORK MORE. No, you still don’t like it? Now, why on earth would you object to a law that will guarantee your situation remains exactly the way it is now – forever? By not changing, isn’t that already what you’re doing? It’s not like you’re going to do anything about it anyways. Given your choices, you’re already keeping the law by your own free will.
Sorry, what’s that? Ah, you’re waiting for the right timing? Or right conditions? But if you say, ‘I’m unhappy’, what better time than the present to change things? Or are you waiting to be overworked so much that you end up on a hospital bed or riddled with stress and anxiety?
Well then, let me save you the trouble, I’ve been there. One day, fourteen years ago that’s exactly how I abruptly ended my shift … on a stretcher. Overwhelmed by the stress of a high-pressured environment, I started getting persistent chest pains so I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. And sadly, I wasn’t the first or only person to go through health issues due to this job. People in my office were either consistently on sick leave, undergoing treatment for heart conditions or just weren’t enjoying life. For some reason, I don’t remember seeing health condition listed as one of the benefits I agreed to along with my promotion.
Are these better conditions for you?
Ok, maybe this all does sound a bit preposterous. But, you tell me, which one of us is actually the crazy one? The me that’s suggesting this law or the me that was giving up the life I really wanted to keep it?