Do You Live To Work or Do You Work To Live?


Everyone will answer this question different, “Do you live to work or do you work to live?

I think Nick Offerman put this best when he said this:

It’s so sad that so much of our society says ‘Man, Thank God it’s Friday!’. Thank God 5 of the 7 days of my life are f*cking over, because I hate 5/7ths of my life. Now I’m going to spend 2/7ths getting drunk at Olive Garden so I don’t have to think about the upcoming 5/7ths.”

If you work to live then you are not living!

You are spending a giant part of your life hating your life, for what? So you can have enough money to survive the week just to go back to work?

Don’t get me wrong, I know some people have to take on bad jobs or use a not-so-good job as a stepping stone, but too many people treat that as the end goal.

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I’ve heard people tell me that you are not supposed to enjoy your work, that it sucks for everyone and everybody should hate it, and that it’s a myth that anyone could love to work.

What a horribly sad way to view the world! How defeated must they be to settle for such a negative life?

Most people that do this live to work.

Their work runs their entire life to the point that they will often will drive themselves to the brink of stress, burnout and even depression.

When asked about what surprised the Dalai Lama most about humanity he said something that nails this on the head:

Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

To me, letting your work run you like this is one of the worst ways to live your life.

That being said, this is obviously not a black-and-white scale; there are a lot of grays in the middle.

People who enjoy their work at times, who spend their hard earned money on luxuries and experiences and joy, and those who go more into the white and actually do both.

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But the ideal, in my opinion, is to lead a life in which your work does not feel like work.

A world in which you get paid to do the things you love; one in which it feels like the 2/7th are the worst part of your week relatively speaking.

If you approach the week with joy and excitement rather than stress and sadness, you are probably going in the right direction.

Credit: Lukas Schwekendiek

Free Spirited Writer

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