TGIF! – Thank God It’s Friday. We spend all week waiting for it, are we just wishing our time away?
We wait all week for it but I have started to think two things about TGIF.
Have we all got it wrong? I know the defense is always, well you need money to live. I get that but is there a better way? Are we chasing a dream or a state of being that takes away, rather than most of our perceptions that it gives?
Our lives are shockingly short so why do we accept that giving away 5 days of our precious week to do something that is a chore is the right decision?
Will we look back in years to come, maybe the next generation or even the one after and wonder why we all fooled ourselves to do this?
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
— Steve Jobs
Working in a job is entrenched in most of us from a very young age. Everyone has probably heard first hand that you have to go to school so you can get a good job, to buy a house, get married and have kids. The exact details may vary slightly but this is the general outline of how our society measures a good life. The problem is that most of us are miserable even if we attain this outcome.
Is this conditioning simply wrong? Have we propagated a scenario simply not aligned to achieving long-term happiness?
“The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”
— Lily Tomlin
The answer is simple but not easy. If you are employed now and want a way out then you need to hustle. Hustle on that side project. It could be an online store, building an Instagram following, building a product.
The key is to keep changing, keep testing new things and don’t get caught in the go to work then come home and sit in front of the TV, just to do the same thing the next day.
You could also try to get up earlier and hustle for an hour or two in the morning. Read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod for someone inspiration and motivation.
The reason your life seems to be going by so quickly is because you are doing the same thing day in day out, all centered around your job.