Making a Living vs. Making a Life

Note: This post can be very long and this topic is so wide that I could probably go on for pages trying to make my point, so this is just a short version of the message I am trying to send. 

When you look at your life, do you feel like you are living your life to the fullest or just making it day by day? Be honest with yourself. Are you enjoying your life and truly doing what makes you happy? I hope so, but the reality is that many people are not living their lives, they are simply making a living. They wake up in the morning and go to class to pursue a degree that has no interest to them or to do it because that is what society expects them to do. They go to work at a job that they hate or because they need to make money. While all of us have to do what we need to do, such as get an education and work, can’t we do it while enjoying life? If you want to study, then study something that makes you happy. If you need to work (and we all do) then do something you are passionate about, something you love, and something that makes you happy to head to work on a cold, rainy Monday morning. Otherwise, what is the point? Life is too short to just work a job you hate, pay bills, and die. What is stopping you from pursuing your dream job? Whatever it is, I guarantee you will regret it when you are older, looking back wishing you did what made you happy and you cared less about what society thought about your choices. We are not put on this planet to work most of our days, neglecting our real talents and passions, and simply waiting to die. We are meant to pursue our dreams and make a difference in this life. This whole idea of working to pay bills and competing in this Rat Race has been created by the society that we live in, and because so many of us live this way, we started to accept it as a normal life style. Well, it is not. Do what makes you happy, avoid getting in debt by getting a house you can’t afford or a car you have no business buying, or hesitate taking an extra day off just because.  If you do what you love, then work will not be work, it will be fun and exciting. You should be energized from the work that you do, not drained, counting hours to get to the happy hour or the weekend. Understand the difference between making a living and making a life. Which one are you doing?

Things I am thankful for: being able to write this blog.

Advice of the Day: Take Time to Enjoy Your Life. It sounds easy but so many of us do not enjoy our lives. We are so caught up in the cycle of life and trying to keep up with the Rat Race, especially in the US, that we forget to enjoy our lives to the fullest. We spend our days working and not even taking vacations as often as we should because we are trying to get that promotion, or get a decent paycheck (if you work for hourly rates), or we want to please our boss. If you are meant to get that promotion then you will, but you should take time to take care of yourself so you can be your best at work.  Taking a vacation is your right as an employee, which is what those vacation days are for. If you are showing up for work and doing your best, then your boss should be happy about that and no need to work overtime and neglect time with your family or yourself.  You have to put yourself and your wellbeing first if you want to be a productive employee, a happy person, and a positive family member. If you do not take time to relax and enjoy your life, then that promotion will not matter and approval of your boss will lose meaning because you will not be satisfied inside. Today, start doing things that make you happy, whatever those things are; it can be watching movies, treating yourself to a nice diner, going to visit a friend, traveling, buying a new outfit, etc. Just start doing something that makes you happy each day, big and small things, just do whatever works best for you.

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