posted on Mar, 7 2011 @ 04:00 AM
I suppose there are times where I feel this, but for the most part I have kind of an overwhelming feeling that I'm not living up to my full potential
if I take the stance that work stinks. I mean don't get me wrong, there have been some terrible employers I have worked for. But looking into an
empty fridge, an empty cupboard, an empty wallet, no electricity, or no heat kinda puts a little motivational factor into place.
I also was raised on somewhat of a ranch as a kid, so feeding livestock before the sun rose, and before I had put anything into my body, was a daily
routine. Chipping ice out of the water troughs in the middle of winter had its fun moments, especially when one of those really cold snaps rolled in.
Stacking/unstacking a couple tons of hay bales twice a year was a great workout, but was hell on my allergies. I hated all of it as a kid, but yet
as an adult, I have never really sat down and reflected how much that lifestyle shapes you as a person.
I didn't have a real job until I had graduated high school and left home. But I can recall a time as a teen, where my father had put in a bid to
demolish a building in town. I expected us to get the tractor and tear it down. Not what the old man had in mind. We dismantled it piece by piece
and sold just about everything from the project. Made a bunch of cash and got in some great shape at the same time. And from that job, I learned
that for me, I need to focus on the prize and not what I'm doing to get there, if that makes sense. If I can keep myself distracted as to why I'm
working, I usually don't complain too much.
And to be honest, there isn't a whole lot of jobs out there that degrade the human psyche. Sure being a janitor doesn't have a lot of positive
benefits to it, but how else does a building clean itself. And this isn't feudal Europe we're living in either. There isn't a class structure in
place, and we can move to different areas to find a better job that suits us. Yes it is difficult if the monetary situation isn't perfect, but
sacrifice is imperative if you must seek happiness. Cutting out trips to the fast food joint and getting rid of the cellphone or the other
extravagant electronics isn't really that hard.
The sad thing i fear, is that we've lost that fortitude our ancestors had. And not ancient ancestors, but more of 2 to 4 generations past. We, as a
race, have it so easy with the technological advances. And yet, we complain about doing simple mundane tasks, like going to work.