Life would be perfect is life were easy. It is not. Nobody’s life is perfect. Let me remind you of that statement everyone is always quick to say: Nobody ever said life would be easy.
At least the complexity of life assures the living of no boring packets of time that lasts for next to eternity.
To live a reasonably comfortable life, we need to respond to our basic needs.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
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I realize that the process of evolution changed the bottom of the hierarchy. It is no longer physiological needs but Wi-Fi, which is self-explanatory so I will be old-fashioned and stick to the original basic needs: physiological. Safety might serve some physical needs, too, as danger could result to loss [of the living body] but here is where the needs of our emotional and mental health start. A threat of danger can definitely cause me severe anxiety and fear.
Comfortable life = we need to work
We would be one of the lucky ones if our day job were also our passion. It is true: do what you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life. Let me burst that bubble: No, that’s a needle in the haystack. Give it up. I did. I am happy enough that I have a job I don’t hate.
This day job that I like, but is not my passion, provides me the following:
- Roof over my head
My job meets my physiological needs.
In fact, my job does more than simply ensures that I am alive, sheltered, fed and warm. It provides me safety. It does not pay for love, but it can make me feel better because I do feel I belong there. It even makes sure that I have no financial stress that could result to a loss of love, not because we love for money but because the absence of money can put a strain on even the truest of love. My job, and the salary I earn also fools me into thinking I am of use. Fake it till you make it! “I have confidence in me,” Maria said. I have self-confidence. I have self-esteem!
Most importantly, my job finances my passion and purpose. From as simple as a day job, I achieve self-actualization.
Often, we don’t have to complicate life.
I don’t hate my job… I like my job… I like my job a lot…
Don’t push it: we don’t have to love everything.