Wishful Thinking

You write better when it’s coming from your heart, when there are feelings behind the keystrokes.

That’s why I want to write about what I feel right now–not so masculine, I know.

I really wish I could escape the Rat Race. I don’t want to be filthy rich. And I sure don’t want to be bathing in golden coins. I just want to be free from the clutches of 9-to-5.

Since I started working, my life has been simply as follows:

  • Going to work.
  • At work.
  • Coming back from work.
  • Recovering after work.
  • Sleeping early to go back to work.

And it’s driving me crazy. Having so little free time makes me feel like I’m always on a rush. If you stood in front of my house, stalking me–you creep–to see how often I go in and out during the day, your eyes will not be able to keep up. Because that’s how fast I’m moving, trying to make the most of what little time I got, before I have to go back to my prison.

Maybe I feel this way because I don’t like my job–no one does. But what can I do about it? It’s not like I can simply turn a corner and find the job of my dreams! especially in this day and age. That’s why I’ve been planning an escape lately. And by planning, I mean daydreaming whenever I have a rough day. Still, I was able to learn a couple of things about the corporate prison:

  • No one will ever tell you how to escape. If someone does tell you something, ignore that sucker; if he really knew how to escape, he would’ve done so already.
  • You have to make your own escape plan and carry it through.
  • Mimicking those who escaped before you will not guarantee your freedom. The security systems are always changing. Old breaches are being patched, while new openings are being discovered.
  • Luck plays a major rule in your success.
  • And If you don’t have a plan for your life outside the prison, you will find yourself back inside before you can even blink.

I would like to know if any of you is also planning an escape, or if you feel my way of thinking is childish.

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15 thoughts on “Wishful Thinking

  1. Sometimes, before I was made redundant, life would feel so droll and samey. I would panic that that was all my life was going to be: school, work, death. It scared me beyond anything. I am in a very lucky position where I can now write full time, but I see how work affects my friends and family, how completely and utterly draining it is.

    Although I can’t help you, I do know how you feel and the only thing I can advise is to try and find something you love and work towards it with everything you have. A lot easier said then done, I know, it’s exhausting just getting through a normal work day, to then have to turn around and do stuff we want to achieve our dreams.

    Good luck, though, for whatever you do 🙂

      • Sign me up! Be prepared to be and do everything for everyone. My whole family. Just saying.

        I made an announcement today (I did this for Nov Nano) that the neglect and ignoring shall commence!

  2. I actually like my job alright but lately I’ve been having some really big ideas about what I want to do with my blog / writing / ideas, and it makes it hard to focus at work! I know what I do at work is important for the job, but it’s not important to my life like my current projects are, so it’s definitely a challenge to stay focused and not daydream about the next step I will take!

  3. I tried to escape my job back in January, putting all manner of things in place to make it a reality. I got a big, huge, resounding “NO!” So I went back to the drawing board. I’m now kicking the pants off the job, putting in effort I didn’t care to give mere weeks ago. Hopefully I’ll be on the list for moving somewhere else soon, but until then I might as well give a damn. I can’t change where I am now anyway.

    • At least you tried. I’m still trying to figure out what type of drawing board I should get. 😀
      I really hope that your second attempt will be the one that sets you free.

  4. The idea of a 9-5 job terrifies me, and I’ve done everything in my power not to end up in that kind of working environment. I’ve worked a number of jobs — sometimes up to four at once with odd hours — but I have always made sure that it is something I love to do. I know not all people are so fortunate — and I don’t know that my luck will hold out forever, but I’m doing my best to avoid it by not entering that world at all.

    • I hope you never have to find out how really terrifying it is. The difficulty of escaping the 9-5 trap arises from having too many obligations that turns you into a slave to that paycheck at the end of the month. What really scares me, is getting used to it after a couple of years, turning into a drone that keeps having the same day over, and over, and over… Until I wake up one day, old and too tired to give a damn about my lost hopes and dreams. (I went a little bit dramatic here! :D)

      • Yes, that’s what I fear. Being a slave to the paycheck. Putting off the things that I truly love until it’s too late.

        I’d rather be a poor, half-starved writer than suffer a lifetime of 9-5 monotony.

      • If it wasn’t for my beloved wife and young daughter, I would have gone to my boss, shoved my resignation letter in his mouth, and walked out of the security gate–by doing the limbo dance under the drop-arm gate. So yes! if you can keep yourself out of the prison, then keep doing what you do.

        I’m doing what I can to escape. And if my current plan actually succeeds, it’s going to be one of the funniest stories of the century. -__-

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