Overworking is just something that comes naturally to me I guess. Working 12 hours only to get home and work an additional 5 hours. And if anything’s for sure, I’m not the only one. I lost count of just how many people in advertising keep these grueling work schedules and still pretend to be fresh the whole week. It’s just not possible but people’s specific situations, shows that to a certain extent, we are forced to slave away to the wee hours of the night to get the extra cash we need to make ends meet.
Think about it: how many people do you know who freelance on the side doing x or y activity, often sacrificing leisure and rest time in exchange for an extra buck? It gets you thinking if all of this is really worth it in the end. Doing shit jobs to later be forced into becoming a shylock or loan shark so people will pay up. Not fun. So let me get this straight, long work hours so your company sees you committed + long home work hours to make ends meet + loan sharking days upon end = success + peace of mind. Hardly.
If anything I’ve noticed that a person just can’t live off freelancing. The pay is a major hassle and you can’t help but feel almost dirty knowing how much you had to whore yourself, just to get those extra few hundred bucks. But alas, this is a reality. I live it, maybe you live it, but in the end… is it really worth it? This is a question we often ask ourselves… and it just begs to rephrase the question to a series of questions: Is it really worth it to do something we say we love when it is so harmful? Are we too afraid to see if we can make it elsewhere in another industry? Is success the way to happiness or happiness the road to a different type of success? Definitely food for thought. All the best.