Even as a kid, I hated going to school and when I was there, I remember constantly looking at the clock in class and counting down the hours until home time. School wasn’t exactly my thing although I did have good grades and generally did quite well. On paper learning new things is great but in reality, is it actually as fantastic as we make out?
I grew up with two parents who had always worked really hard despite always wanting to do other things. I've never really understood the idea of working yourself to the bone in something you hate to finance a vacation for 2 weeks of the year... It didn’t take me too long to figure out that following the status quo wasn’t for me…
Fast forward a few years and degrees later, I reluctantly decided it was finally time to get onboard and join the working world.
It’s fair to say that I was quite motivated until I soon realized that my degree wouldn’t ever get me a well-paid job. Despite coming to this tough realization, I was determined to give things a go in the working world. Unfortunately, a summer job doesn’t make me enough to pay my rent, and as such my hate affair with work got off to a start.
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The jobs stacked up and didn’t get any easier…
My first real job didn’t exactly give me the best start to my career and that’s not just because my boss was a complete psycho. My first job wasn’t a success and seemed to set a precedent for those that followed. Eventually the boring daily routine got too much and I felt like I was wasting my time flitting around and pretending to feel accomplished. The world of work seemed like a hollow illusion and even started to impact my mental health.
The feeling of desperation convinced me to open up to my friends and family about what I was going through. A problem shared is a problem halved as they say! To my surprise, as soon as I started speaking about my deep-rooted hatred for work, other people opened up about experiencing the same things! I soon realized that we were all in the same boat. From having to set an alarm for the crack of dawn and having to deal with the unending days, dictator bosses, annoying clients and rubbish pay. Discovering I wasn’t alone got me thinking what life would be like without having to work.
If we’re honest, we’re all tired, unmotivated and unenthusiastic when it comes to our jobs, although many of us struggle with the idea of walking away from the world of work. Despite the fact that most of us hate work, inner shame and societal pressure ensure we stay.
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I dread when people ask me; ‘What is it you do?’
‘If you don’t study hard, you’ll end up in a dead-end job that you hate’.
For me, work is a way to pay for things, it’s definitely not a hobby or something I’m passionate about. My job doesn’t define me, which is why I have such a hard time understanding why people are so attached to the question ‘what job do you do?’. Whenever I’ve been faced with this question, I’ve always gotten around it by talking about my degrees and interests instead of trying to justify my ridiculous jobs.
Working is simply exhausting and consumes all of my time. I have plenty of hobbies that I’d like to pursue, a huge list of books that I’d like to read and coffees dates that I can never go to because I’m consumed by work. I don’t like working and that’s that.
Can we stop working?
Now this is a tough one! If waking up every morning to go to a job I hate takes all my energy, wouldn’t it just be easier if I stopped working all together?
1) Cutting expenses and lowering your living standards: The financial aspect of work is a very important one. Even though you may not have the biggest income, taking your job completely out of the equation will probably make things even harder. Even if you drastically cut your spending, things might still be difficult.
2) Dealing with judgmental people: I’m sure that not working and pursuing your hobbies and activities is great for our mental health, it’s not exactly considered as socially acceptable. Telling people you don’t have a job leaves you open and vulnerable to other people’s judgements about what you should be doing with your life.
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And what if we considered giving up work in a different way; as brave and courageous? Changing life paths demands lots of pluckiness in order for you to put your priorities first. Focusing on your own personal development is rare during this day and age, but that’s not to say it isn’t necessary.
Choosing to stop working is a big decision to make, but it can also be completely liberating and fulfilling. Taking time out for yourself and following your actual dreams rather than wasting your time doesn’t seem too bad to me!
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