Happiness Is An Option

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If you’re like me then you’re a workaholic. I work two jobs that I tolerate to pay for a third job that I love. Money is important to me only in the sense that I want enough of it to experience the life I want to live. For me that means owning a modest house or condo and being able to work from anywhere I want to, whether that be on a steamboat on the Mississippi River or in a coffeshop in Amsterdam. This approach is not for everyone but it’s what appeals to me. I’ll be the first to admit that if the right woman came along she could easily change my position on my approach to life. Relatively speaking I have a pretty great life. In my country America, there has been a lot of talk over the past couple years about “the 1%.” First of all you have to understand that even within the 1% you have different levels of rich.

Honestly in my opinion if you have 50 million dollars in the bank or less I don’t care about raising your taxes any higher. That said, if you are one of the six heirs to the Walmart fortune and have 10 times that amount, then yes you deserve to kick in a few more bucks. If that makes me sound like a liberal then let me also address the middle class. The following statement is something I want to scream at everyone complaining about anything at all in the middle class: “IF YOU LIVE IN AMERICA AND YOU MAKE MORE THAN 40K A YEAR YOU ARE IN THE 1% OF THE WORLD.” Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest we can move on.

As usual I have digressed from the question at hand. Do you love your job? Most likely the anwser is no and that is normal. Join the club. But again you have to think relatively. Does your job allow you to lead a lifestyle your happy with? Do you enjoy the people you work with? Do you like the location of your job? All of these factors and many more factor into the overall percentage of how much you should or should not enjoy the thing you spend at least 1/3 of your life doing to survive. On a tangential subject, invest in a nice mattress. In addition to your job, you also spend 1/3 of your life sleeping so it behooves you to invest in a good mattress that suits your individual needs.

I’m going to wrap this up, so if you’re still reading then congratulations on having an attention span. Abraham Lincoln once said that “We are only as happy as we decide.” That really had an impact on me and that’s one the guiding principles by which I try to live by in my own personal life. If you take anything away from this blog post then let it be this. You will probably never love your job, statistically speaking. That having been said, you’re job should theoretically take 1/3 of your life and the other 2/3 being sleep as well as friends and family. The point I’m trying to make is that even though you may never learn to love your job, it is possible to learn to love your life.

As Woody Harrleson’s character in Zombieland says when asked why he cares so deeply about twinkies: “You’ve got to learn to appreciate the little things.” So learn to count your blessings and do unto others as you would have them do unto you; or at the very least, don’t be a douche.

Good Night & Good Luck