We can all pretty much agree on one thing these days… It’s that life is short. We spend a lot of time partying. We spend a lot of time working. And we spend a whole bunch of time sleeping. Then we look up and our whole lives have passed us by. But more than any of those things, we spend the most time doing things that we don’t like.
Why do we spend so much time doing the things that we despise? There must be a reason. Hundreds of millions of people wake up daily and clock in and out when they truly hate their jobs. Worse yet, these people love to do so many things that they are not doing. Why on earth is that?
Here’s what I think…
I think we all know that life is short. Most people don’t need to wake up ninety years old to believe that. We’ve seen enough three hour concerts and movies fly by in the blink of an eye. It’s not hard to imagine that years feel like a month when your decade of schooling feels like a few short days in retrospect.
I think we all know the things the we just don’t like. I hate driving, so being a trucker or any job in transportation would be dreadful for me. Some people can’t stand kids so they tend not to watch hours of quintuplets attention-whoring people’s lives on television. But there’s also things that we all just don’t like. Think waking up on a Monday.
And of course most of us know what we do like. I could play videogames for hours on end and throw away an entire day. As a matter of fact I think that’s pretty much what I did today. Other people might love watching movies, going surfing, or eating fine cuisine. It’s not a mystery these things, they just happen in our life, few and far between.
All of these things you think would combine to us living a life where we do what we love and avoid what we don’t right? Right. Except there’s one missing factor. Money. Money makes the world go round and is attached to pretty much everyone’s livelihood. It is also the singular reason I believe we live these short lives of doing things we don’t like.
It’s simple. Society has attached monetary gain to certain tasks in the world. Imagine for every task or activity there’s a pool of money to be earned doing it. You can make money doing pretty much anything but the biggest pools of money to be earned are in the tasks we just don’t like. And most people for the livelihood of their family and themselves do what must be done.
The world has conditioned 99% of us to wake up and search for the money, not for the happiness. And it’s worse because there is money to be made eating fine cuisine or surfing waves everyday. But most people don’t have the confidence to get up and go for it. A small pool of money means a smaller chance that after watching movies all day you’ll have the means to put food on your table.
That’s the way the cookie crumbles. But thankfully, the internet has been a big player in reversing the effects of this. Now is one of the best times ever to earn a living doing something that you love. The internet has become the great equalizer redistributing money into pretty much any activity you can think of. So now is the time to have the confidence to quit your dayjob and make a living doing something you truly love.
After all, life is short. But short can be sweet!