so i was just pondering this question, i would say most of the people in the world dont like the work or job they are currently doing, and i have
heard majority of the people i have ever talked to that they hate their job. So i was just thinking, and even putting myself in the situation, what
if i didn't have to work and had everything else, house, food, entertainment etc...and interestingly , i felt that if i didnt have anything to do and
life would be like a paradise, i would actually go crazy. I mean how many years non stop can i JUST workout, play video games or read books, or even
do gardening. I guess a job provides enough challenges for me t stay content and whine at the same time?
so anyway, what is your opinion, what would personally happen to you? and i mean actually put yourself in that situation, no job. no hassle and
everything you ever wanted in terms of personal entertainment.
P.S i think that our ancestors were too busy surviving that they didnt really have time to even think there would be a generation like ours, where
basically everything from food to clothing, to shelter are handed on a silver platter. so probably its that urge that makes me want to think that
life without a job would suck?
I'm very close to being in that situation. I work very few hours a week because I've managed to get my cost of living down so low. And while I still
do things that I consider a "waste of time", I focus a lot of my energy on trying to better myself as a person. I read a lot about everything that
interests me. I work a little bit every day towards becoming my ideal self.
I don't think I'd get bored in paradise, because even then you can find challenges to keep you interested.
it would be great i would love it. I would master my world without the hindrance of needing to afford to live. you say you would go nuts.... what
if your job for that year was to master drunkin kung fu or lean how to sculpt or master the leader boards at MW2... no work makes blasted a better
There is loads to do if you was fortunate enough to not have to work for the man. I have thought / dreamed about this very thing and the trick is not
to keep doing what you do in your free time now if you suddenly had all the time in the world to do what you want.
Write, learn or play music, charity work, if you have the money to do so then go and help those who genuinely need help and enjoy the smile and
happiness you give to a total stranger.
The world is your oyster and so the only thing that would stop you from enjoying it is you.
According to StarTrek, when people don't HAVE to work for food, housing, etc. They spend the rest of their lives working on hobbies or trying to
better mankind. I, however, believe that for starters the majority of violent crime would vanish. There are still sickos that will kill and rape,
but for the most part the world would be peaceful.
If you consider Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs the majority revolves around finding Love, Esteem, Respect, etc., and ending with finding self
actualization. People will begin to ponder themselves and the meaning of life.
The downside of not having to work is that mankind will most likely come to a standstill. There will be no one motivated enough to invent new
techniques, divices, expand on others ideas. Or it could have the inverse effect and technological/medical breakthroughs would become common place.
There was a time in my life when I received a small inheritance - I quit my job, traveled all over the US - saw all the beauty, had many experiences.
After three years I decided to stay in the Florida Keys, that was were I happen to be when my funds ran low. I was fortunate to meet some really
great people there and actually changed my career to teaching. Those three years are some of my most fond memories now that I am older and retired.
If you get the opportunity to do something different while you are young by all means do it. I also took up oil painting during that time, something
I had always wanted to do but was always too busy working.
Before you decide to quit your job, make a plan. You don't want to be without the basics -food, shelter.
Actually, retired senior citizens face this situation all the time, and they don't go crazy. Just this site alone would keep me occupied. If I had
unlimited money, I'd be on vacations, going to concerts, going to national parks, going to museums, going to movies, bowling in leagues, babysitting,
etc. Some people just love to work. They love to have a purpose in life, being productive, etc. There are lottery winners who don't quit their
jobs because they love working. When they stop working altogether, part of them seems to fall away.
If all the jobs were automated, and a person had the ability to do anything that interested them, I would think groups of people would work together
on projects. Actors would entertain. Painters would give away art. Engineers would design things for entertainment and higher standards of living.
Life would become a lot more enjoyable to me as there wouldn't be a need to tax people. Everyone in this world has something to bring to the table to
make all of our lives more enjoyable.
Let me ask you this. If you could pursue any interest you have, would you do it for yourself or to show other what you could do and allow them to
enjoy what it is you would enjoy doing?
I am in that situation & its not fun. I was medically discharged from the Army 12 years ago. I live on a military pension, so I have all I need to
At first it was great, freedom to do what I wanted, but then the monotony kicked in. Im sure if you had a fortune stashed away you could go travel
etc, but if you cant afford a change of scenery, it gets very frustrating very quickly.
Ive started breeding fish & birds, but theres only so many times you can fill a seed dish. Ive volunteered for several organisations, & this proved to
be very good, it gave me some purpose in life, even if it was just 1 or 2 days a week.
In response to the elderly doing it all the time & not going crazy, far from the truth. The main 'job' I volunteered for was driving a bus with a
group of elderly out for lunch.
The amount of joy they got from breaking the routine of sitting at home or the respite home was great, & the look on their faces as we got closer to
each of their homes, you could see the depression building. They do not like being stuck at home, they hate it, & unless they have some form of
dementia, they will go nuts.
Proof of this ? Yes. Due to funding this program was shut down. Not only were they visibly distressed, not upset, distressed, they ALL went rapidly
downhill. We have seen ALL of them end up in respite care if not hospital, ALL of them have become deeply depressed, & several have died, with another
If they are lucky they end up in a home that has plenty of activities for them, including trips out of the home. There are only a few of this bus full
that have not fallen into deep depression, 2 of them have children that care enough to take them out a couple of times a week, they are & always were
the most happy on my bus, they were out of the house regularly.
The only others who arent deeply depressed or dead are the 'lucky' ones that developed dementia, & surprisingly quickly, they just dont realise they
do the same thing each day, ignorance is literally bliss for them. All but 3 of my group went down hill rapidly, within a month of the bus group
ending, & were put in homes.
When this group ended it had a detrimental effect on ALL my passengers, the volunteers & me. One volunteer was put in a home within 2 weeks. These
outings kept these people sane & literally alive, when they lost the bus they lost their will.
Im only 39, was forced into retirement at 26, I do envy those who have some purpose in life, even if it is a boring job, thats probably why I have a
few dozen projects half started, you get sick of waking up & having nothing you need to do. You just get so bored its depressing, I think we need some
form of purpose in life, some reason to get up, or it will get to you eventually.
I am a senior citizen - I like to go out once or twice a week but I am very comfortable being home. I find lots to do - cooking, cleaning, gardening,
photography, internet (I have an art group and Native American group online, I also do digital art) movies, feeding the animals. My fiance and dog are
plenty company for me. Maybe its because I am an introvert - I got fed up dealing with people in the work/business world. I am sure for many it is
difficult. My suggestion would be to try to do some of the things you didn't have time for when working. May you find contentment and peace.
If I could, I would definitely travel the world taking as much time as I wanted in each new place. Who knows maybe (not) I'll win the lottery. LOL
Guess that would mean I had enough money to even waste it playing the lottery to begin with...damn.
A couple of years ago I was laid off from my job in a trim moulding factory. I thought it would be awesome to be on unemployment for a while... it
would give me time to organize and fix up my house. Unemployment was not much, around $650 a month. But it was enough to make minimum payments on my
credit cards and keep up with utilities.
The reality was... I got depressed rather quickly, started staying in bed till noon or later and drinking heavily. Plus, I gained about 50 lbs in 6
months. I did absolutely nothing to my house... nothing got fixed, no improvements were made. I was utterly useless, and pretty much wished I had
never been born.
Although I was eligible for another 6 months of unemployment benefits, when I was offered a full time position in a fast food restaurant I jumped
on it. I would much rather be working and feel productive than stay home and do nothing.
A year and a half later, I'm still working at that restaurant. It doesn't pay anywhere near what it should, and there are no benefits. But I am a
much happier person. I'm good at my job, the customers love me, and I've managed to make quite a few improvements at home in spite of my full time
It's really easy to say what you'd do if you didn't have to work, but sometimes... if you don't actually HAVE to do anything, you'll do
nothing. I don't ever want to be on unemployment again, even if it means I have to work for minimum wage and be poor and without health care till the
end of my life.
Oh... I've managed to take off about 10 lbs of the weight I gained, so wish me luck with the other 40 lbs. :-)
I'm on disability and I haven't worked in 2 1/2 years. I'd rather b doing something better with my time. I read a lot, watch documentaries and
basically spend my time trying to feel better about my life. I would like to start my own businessof some srt. Got about 8k saved, but with this
economy, I don't know...
Flipper (the band not the dolphin) says "you're so bored, 'cause your boring" and I think this is relevant here. I believe many of us would
flourish in such a situation, but many more would find the freedom boring. Those who did could always come clean my house and do my laundry.
I know I for one wouldn't be standing still. There's so much to learn, to taste, to see, to hear, to do, to feel, to experience! Acquire new skills,
go travelling, share your time and self with others who are less fortunate.
All in all I'm sure doing new things and exploring the world from a different perspective would lead to new passions that could lead to greater
opportunities to use your skills to the benefit of others and possibly lead to untold wealth and riches in that which truly matters, cherished
memories and life-long friendships!
After working for 'the man' all our lives, my huband and I became self employed 10 years ago (still working our 9-5's), and are now totally reliant
on our self employment for the past 5 years. We don't have a lot of extra money, we made our purchases while still employed, and live on a lot less
today. We both agree that we would rather be self employed than making more money in the 'corporate world. Our priorities changed since those
On occasion we see friends that we used to work with back in the day. It's sad to listen to the same old complaints, same old drudge reports, and
same old rut, and they just don't see it themselves. My husband and I just look at each other and shrug. It's like they define their lives by thier
Our free time? We can always find things to do here at home, and we have much more of it these days. It wasn't easy. I remember back in the days that
we would go to our place of business every day after our 9-5, while everyone else we worked with went home to play. Now we can play on workdays, spend
more time with the child, and plan our week according to our own schedule. Just my .02.
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