Q&A: What Would You Do If You Didn’t Have to Work for a Living?
To many people, not having to work seems like a dream come true. To me, it would be an absolute nightmare.
Sure, I could use the extra time to take a vacation, hang out with my family more, or work on a passion project. However, after the first few days of vacation, I’d start to get antsy. What am I going to do with my life? How are my clients faring without my help?
A few more days or even a week might pass before I’d be climbing the walls.
I like to work. In fact, I don’t think you could pay me not to work. I’ve had a side hustle since elementary school. (After the school admins took away our vending machine, I started selling soda cans from the corner store out of my backpack.) Hell, even if you took away job, I’d start from the ground and happily build my way back up.
In today’s culture, work is seen as something to avoid at all costs. Retiring early is the ultimate goal. I hate that. Work has always been an essential part of the human experience, even since our hunter and gatherer ancestors. After that, humans started farming and trading goods and services. We started working harder to improve our products, which drove us to, in turn, improve ourselves. Now, we have people who specialize in everything from microscopic human cells to the vastness of space. How cool is that?
Finding that motivation and passion is something that I want for everyone. We need that curiosity and drive to make us human.
So, if you spend your time at work daydreaming about the day when you can walk out the door and never come back, maybe it’s time to rethink what you’re doing. We spend at least 1/3 of our lives at work. Why spend that time being miserable?