Monday, April 03, 2006

Work and Play

Frankly, folks. Let's get honest right now. We're NEVER gonna retire. It's true. Might as well get it out into the open.

Consider this, right after graduating, we're gonna have debts to be repaid. There will be no instant in life where we are NOT paying off some form of debt.

Then consider this. The higher you go in the corporate ladder, the more decision-making you have to make. The less dispensible you are.

I was talking to a friend who became a fully qualified lawyer (yes, secretary, own office and all). And I was asking her if she can just go away for a month long break. No she can't. What about becoming partner, then would ya be dispensible? Nope? Lagi worse cos now there are even more high power clients, and clients are erratic in the time that they need you. So as such, one can only go away for 2 weeks at the max.

And when one is boss leh? Lagi worse. Unless you completely trust your second-in-command, you're gonna have issues leaving for months on end...

What if you retire? Ladies, there's only so many manicures, pedicures, and hair cures, toe cures, mouth cures, and belly cures. Guys, how long can you park yourself in front of the television and watch sports, drink beer and ogle at nubile young women? Ok, bad example. You get my idea.

I reckon the only thing you can ask for, is for you to do the things you like. And get someone to pay you for it. That way, there's no way one can say that you're ever gonna retire. Cos in the words of a very cool jazz guitarist, "I have never worked a day in my life."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

you were the one who made me face the fact that the better i am at work the more work i get...

Vandalin said...

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heh... but as long as you enjoy what you're doing, more is definitely better is it not?

zlel said...

Amen. Someone else said the same thing just a little earlier than you -

Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. (ecc 5:18-19)

Vandalin said...

True true... Though not many people can truly say that they actually enjoy what they are doing.