Rethinking “Work”

Jason Nugent

Sometimes work just sucks. It’s not always fun. The grind can be excruciating, especially when you’re watching the clock’s long slender second hand slowly ticking the day away. Those moments drag on in a never ending cascade of boredom only to be picked up again the next day. And the next, over and over again.

There are times when work is rewarding. It can be fulfilling. When doing something you’re passionate about, work no longer feels like “work” but more of a privilege. It’s those moments that can energize a person and give them something to look forward to. So why spend so much time and energy in a place or a job that sucks the life out of you?

For many, work is nothing more than punching a time clock. It’s a means to an end. It’s how food and shelter and clothing are obtained. It gives money and nothing else. But is there more? Can work be more? Should it be more?


Photographer Unk. Working. 19 Feb. 2016

For most Americans fortunate to have a job, they have a tendency to work ridiculous amounts of hours at their job. They give up all their precious time and energy slogging through day after day in a place they have no connection with outside of money. The old maxim “Life is Short” resonates when considering how much time is spent unhappy and unfulfilled in a job only to earn money. Not to belittle the desire to provide for your family. That’s an honorable incentive to take on tasks that don’t energize you.

Wouldn’t it be much more rewarding involving your energies and time into something worthwhile? There is still time to rescue your soul from an activity that doesn’t progress humanity. Not that every action has to have a monumental impact on the human race, but wouldn’t it be nice when near the end you could look back at your life and not regret what you spent your time on? Life is not work and work doesn’t have to be life, unless you want it to be.


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