Work is stupid. And I’m thinking this constantly, as I’m rearranging the pillows on my bed at 9pm before I hop in and turn out the lights for the night, and as I’m sitting in a line of cars with all of the other fools who are up before the sun and on their way to the same place all because some man [or woman] in a suit told us we had to.
I mean, work isn’t stupid. But to me, the concept of working five days a week, 8 hours a day, just so we can afford to live, put gas in our cars and food on the table, is, for lack of a better word, stupid. This “live” which I speak of, doesn’t even include the extra things that we actually WANT to do. Like taking weekend trips or going out with your friends for a drink. You know the stuff that you look forward to in order to get you through the week.
I’m not saying everything should be free, because I sure as hell don’t believe that, but all I’m saying is I wish I didn’t have to be trapped in an office five days a week just to still be unable to afford the things I actually want to do.
We work so hard for pretty much our entire lives. We work hard in grade school so we can go to high school, we work hard in high school so we can get into a good college, and we work our asses off in college just so we can sell our souls to some company and keep working our lives away.
Some people don’t even ever use their degree, some end up doing meaningless work because that’s the only job that hired them, some never find their passion or do anything they love, some pursue higher education just because they have no idea what they want to do right after college, and some people don’t find jobs and continue to live off of their parents.
The thing about work is some people can take 8 hours of work and finish it in 30 minutes and sit around for the rest of the day. On the other hand, some people can take 30 minutes of work and drag it out into 8 hours so that they don’t have to sit around and be a waste of space in the office where they are required to be for seven and a half more hours. (This obviously doesn’t include those professions who are constantly on the go throughout the day; teachers, nurses, doctors, etc. Don’t be offended if I didn’t name your profession, I’m not here to make a list I’m only here to make a point.)
Maybe I just miss college, even though I swore I didn’t even like it that much and that I wasn’t going to miss it. The freedom of being able to do what you want when you wanted to [with the exception of scheduled class times, club meetings, part time jobs, etc.] Now, if I’m not working I’m sleeping and if I’m not sleeping I’m working, the days don’t seem long enough to do anything but that.
Maybe I miss the way things were and I’m still transitioning to the way things are now. At the risk of sounding like a total millennial, the concept of working everyday for the next 40 years of my life is stupid. But I am hoping it gets better.