It’s sounds desirable to not have to work and be able to do nothing or anything at your convenience. That’s somewhat the goal in life for many…to retire. You rarely hear of anyone who dreads the years leading up to retirement.
“Ah shit, I’m going to be able to retire soon.”
“Oh man, I wish they would raise the age of retirement so that I could work some more.”
There are some that are happy to retire but end up worse off because they become bored. The purpose of retirement for most is to not have to work so that you can enjoy the rest of your life. Sounds like a great plan no matter what age.
When I was thinking about leaving my job, I knew from past experience that doing nothing was going to get old sooner or later. I also knew that engaging in activities for leisure would not suffice either. The idea of trying to pleasure yourself all day instead of being miserable at work can seem like a no-brainer but it can feel just as miserable.
Even if you do have a full time job, all you think about is how you are going to be able to pleasure yourself after work and on the weekend. You hope to somehow bury your misery with some kind of pleasure, and if unsuccessful you can add a layer of delusion.
In our culture, pleasuring yourself is the main objective whether you are employed or not. Have fun, enjoy yourself, relax. It’s all good except when it’s your main purpose in life. Trying to pleasure yourself to feel fulfilled is as attainable as trying to find happiness through substances.