For some people work is not just a way to obtain money, it brings purpose to ones life, often people like to work even after they have retired. I think that as you get older, you begin to develop a sense of purpose, a desire to effect or change certain aspects of the world. You start to think “What can I do to make the situation better?” or “How can I contribute to this developing need”. The richest of people work even though they have enough money to last them a few lifetimes. Why don’t they relax and start enjoying themselves? Of course they have luxurious holidays, but why not be on hiatus all the time?
Without a sense of purpose, we would feel lost. There would be a void left from not knowing why we still exist. It is a driving factor to why most people still work even if they don’t have to. If work was optional, I would have the freedom in choosing the projects that I would like to work on rather than just having your stereotype 9-5 job and following orders from a boss. Hell I am lucky enough even now, not having to wake up early in the morning and go to work in the freezing cold (It’s winter over here). Luckily, working at the casino gives me the luxury of choosing the times I want to work which means I get to wake up in the afternoon (Can you tell I’m not a morning person?).
I would mix my routine up, devote more time with the people that matter, join worthy campaigns, spend more time refining my hobbies, and travel the world. Hopefully I get to live in another country for a few months, perhaps two or three countries if money was not a problem. So that’s what I would be doing if work was optional. What would you be doing?
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