It is easy to get trapped in the lure of an easy paycheque, the modern day slavery mechanism. All you have to do for a regular influx of new cash is give up a certain number of your life every week. It isn’t a very high number compared to the number of hours available to you during the week, 168. You can spend 40 of them in this servitude, which is a third of your daily week’s quota. The rest is for you to enjoy. You can do what we wish with the rest of your week, but you have to spend 40 of them working for a paycheque. Seems like a really good deal, doesn’t it?
Until you calculate how much time you actually spend on your job. The number of hours you spend working at your job, sitting at your desk, doesn’t culminate all the hours you spend commuting, buying clothes for your job, lamenting about your job to others, being unable to sleep because of your job, going to therapy or anger-management courses because of your job, overeating and then spending time in the hospital getting treated for your job, shopping and spending more than you make and then paying off your debt with your job.
IF you add up all the additional hours that you are taking up due to a job that you dislike or mildly enjoy, you will find that a number of those 168 hours disappear in the service of your job. You are literally giving up your life and your life hours to this job that gives you a number of dollars back in return. Maybe you are thinking, I need that job. I need the cash that it brings in, in order to pay my bills, and my daily living expenses.
Think again. Do you need a car and a house that sits empty all day long, awaiting your return? Do you need a fancy watch and a fancy wardrobe that you only use to go grocery shopping and to the local bar? Do you need a fancy laptop at home, when you only really use the one at work? Do you need 10-15 pairs of shoes, when you only really wear maybe one or two of them? Do you need to get your haircut by an expensive salon when the results come out the same as one at a cheaper one? Do you need to drown your sorrows in alcohol, drugs, shopping, food, gaming or anything else, if you could just find a job or a calling you love, and give up all the trappings of a paycheque?
The questions are all there, as are the answers. We are just too lazy to answer. We realize we are giving up our life, slaving away at a job. This is the modern day equivalent to slavery in the past. Just because we are willing and able doesn’t mean, that it doesn’t count as slavery.