Losing Life to Work

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“How in the hell could a man (woman) enjoy being awakened at 6:30 A.M. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?”

~Charles Bukowski

3 months ago, when I wrote When Slaves Promote Slavery, I wasn’t aware of this quote- it is the perfect summary to the 650-word post.

It’s just so scary to think that I’ll be forever stuck doing the same stuff a zillion times over, to think that tomorrow won’t resemble tomorrow anymore.

Yes, I’m aware that almost all bright-eyed, 20 somethings say they’ll build a romantic life and bypass the monotony. That they’ll kill the black and fill their lives with colour. But almost nobody is able to fabricate a permanent colourful web around them. Everybody falls into a regime and the thrill is lost to work forever. Is there a way to escape this?

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21 thoughts on “Losing Life to Work

  1. As a younger person, I can agree that although work might not be the exact problem I face at the moment, school is. The problem with that, however, is, do I risk “success” (aka money) to go for a job that could make life more interesting and less monotone? Do I risk my sure future in a set career path that will stick for the rest of my life, or do I take a leap of faith? I guess only time will tell…

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    1. I’m not very old myself, I’ll be going into the third year of college soon and that’s the same problem I face. It’s just so confusing at the moment! I’m trying to follow my intuitions, doing that may not make much money but I guess, and it’s only a guess, that I’ll be happier in the long run!
      All the best to you💕

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    1. Very, very true. Maybe we shouldn’t pride ourselves on being a ‘free society’.
      We’re not really free, that’s what I feel. I’m already tired of making calculative, practical moves.. As long as one goes where the money is, it’s all sparkly. But if one wants to live differently, even parents refuse to support. That’s so sad 😦

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      1. As long as money is in the mix, we’ll never be free. I am 55 and grew tired of the system many years ago. There’s no way out of, or around it. Sad to say I’ve been on a job hunt for weeks and can’t get hired. I think being a little beyond middle aged is hurting my chances.

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      2. Aw I’m sure you’ll get there eventually, isn’t experience supposed to be valuable? 🙂

        I’m frantically looking for a summer internship too, we’ll get what we want 😀
        All the best to you 💕

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  2. The quote is a perfect description of what work becomes. Work is a portrayed as a parental system where the company will take care of you . Yet it is more a family that eats there young and pulls the plug on the old. The Cain and Able story replayed daily.
    The individual has to carve a life outside, around , within a working world. Sometimes it means walking away for awhile. We have to learn how to live fully.

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  3. Truth be told, nope you can’t escape. But then, all of this ,you do for a reason or many reasons. The reason part should be stronger than the monotony and stagnation around the work schedule.

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  4. Life in kind of matrix is never creative and motivational. Also that i unhealthy system which makes rules for everyone, like we are herd of sheep. I support shorter working time as some countries already managed. Routine is daily killer .

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    1. I agree with you 100%.
      Falling into a mundane routine is indeed unhealthy. Shorter working days are a distant dream for people in my country, I have aunts and uncles who literally leave their house at 7 in the morning, and are able to return only at 10 in the night. These big, fancy companies exploit the intense labor competition here.. It’s just so sad. It’s all money, no time.

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