I've been thinking for the past 4 years on what to do and why.
And by that I mean, what to do long term.
In our modern culture the expectation from the people who live around you is that you will dedicate your life to specializing in some craft that will consume the majority of your living hours. Some call it 'a career.' Others call it 'a job.' Or 'a profession.'
At 22 I was struck by how odd it seems to just do that. I struggled to see how giving up doing the things I wanted to do would benefit me. Especially for a 40-80 hour time commitment, that doesn't include eating or sleeping.
If a work week was '40 hours including eating and sleeping' Ie, a couple days of productivity kinda kust do whatever and get done what you can and then break until next week that'd be one thing, but a 5-7 day continuous barrage of work is another.
So I wanted to know, why is it that people do this?
And now after thinking and considering as well as experimenting with working full-time, half-time as well as with long term unemployment and independent contract work I think I now have the answers. And it's really just 2 things that do it.
Two things that motivate working
One of the things capable of motivating a person to do something odd like this is to fulfill a materialistic goal. Working towards achieving something you want that costs money, such as a big house, brand name clothing or a new iPhone. For many people, I suspect, this is all that keeps them going. In fact I think this makes up the majority of young single people's motivations. This basically defines the YUPPIE (young working professional). Without this drive, the work they do is obviously insane.
Providing for a family. This is an even stronger drive in my opinion. If you have children, then you have to feed them. Doing something you find fun obviously becomes a lower priority than this, period. Ultimately, when you have dependents that's when fucking around stops and real dedication begins. This could easily motivate a person to sacrifice their entire adult lives.
But that's it. I see no other motivations worth causing a person to work. If you're single with no kids and not materialistic, you have zero incentive to do anything. And rightly so. Why would you work? That would be insane. Better to just exist and live. Maybe go on prolonged backpacking trips, live in a van and do independent contract work once in a while whenever to buy some groceries and put a little gas in the tank for a road trip wherever.
So yeah. I mean, if you're a single person without kids who is materialistic, I wonder what happens after you finally achieve your materialistic goals without ever having kids. Does the motivation disappear?
So anyway, I think this is very relevant for the lives of people under 30, and maybe more to the group under 25.
That's it. 🤘🏼