“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
It is one of the quotes that my favorite teacher in high school shared to us. It is one of the sayings that’s easy to memorize, easy to spell out, does not need to be written down, and does not need to spend a lot of hours to figure out what it means.
At a young age, it meant nothing to me. It’s just a quote, a funny one, because of Jack. Why the name needs to be Jack, right? (grinning)
In the past, I heard the adults saying the words “burnout,” “stressed,” “the work is very stressful,” “I’m done,” “I want to quit my job,” etc. These words for a young mind were nothing. They didn’t make sense.
Since I started working, these words became reality. I lived them. I was working for 8 to 16 hours 6 days a week. It was exhausting. I had less sleep. I became irritable at home. I blamed others for my exhaustion. The best thing I did was quit my job and moved to another country, because I could explode and screw up everything I worked hard for if I didn’t stop.
Working many hours in a day is not the only reason why someone can be stressed. There are also other factors. For example, your boss, the kind of job you have, the workmates with different personalities, and the pressure to deliver what is expected from you.
You may have a boss who is demanding, intimidating, or ungrateful. Your job may be hazardous, dirty, or difficult. Your workmates may be unfriendly, erroneous, or lazy. Your work may be scrutinized or results must be spotless. All these can drive you crazy. All these can make you wish you have a different life, that you have another job, or that you have a lot of money you do not need to work.
When you have all the symptoms the job or the place is not for you, what are you going to do?
Please take note of the following important lines:
To a company you are just an employee. The day you resign or die, your work cubicle will be refilled almost immediately. Your absence would be felt for a day, a week, or a month and then the company forgets you. They went on to make their money for they need to, and they have no time to grieve because of the expectations they have to fulfill. Occasionally, they make mistakes and it may come with a price, you have to pay.
This is why, my friends, do not mix work with family. Do not take your work at home, cast your family aside, and forget about giving time to your children. Because when you are gone, everyday you will be missed. If anything happens to you, it will be your family and friends crying like crazy for you. Because to them, even though you are just one person, you are their world.
So reset your priorities. Be a good worker, but first and foremost be a better father/mother/daughter/son.