10 minutes ago
Back in the days, when I was still fresh out of school, success to me was to secure myself a stable job with a good income.
I was certain it was what I needed and would satisfy me at that time.
Then, I came across an article in the newspaper about a lady who had a six-figure salary and was working in NYC. She gave up her job to be an entreprenuer back home. I can't recall what her business was about. What I do remember reading was that her earning was much much lesser than before but she is HAPPY.
I couldn't understand her perspective. Giving up a six-figure paying job for just happiness? Why?
It does sound naive now. But at that time, with all the burning desire in me, I stepped into the corporate world with aspirations to be on top one day.
Fast forward to today, more than a decade later, I've raised the white flag.
I've sat in the corporate office long enough to realise that a high paying job does not necessary bring a smile to my every day. Sloughing at work till sundown 5-days a week is not what I want to keep on doing till old. I don't even have time for myself because I am busy figuring out someone else's problem. And, after all the hard work, I am still working for someone else's big pocket.
I may have achieved up to what I wanted but it wasn't all just glory.
I can't look back and say it was an enjoyable ride. I feel miserable just thinking about it. It had been appalling to know what people could do and say behind our backs in office. All the backbitings, backstabbings, bootlickings, freeriders - I do not need such toxic people in my life anymore.
It is time to move out and move on.
Of course, after all these years, there were still good people I met, who I established friendships with - not many. But, we'll keep in touch.
And as cliché as this may sound, it is my turn now - to take a break and search for my happiness.
I finally understood what the lady in the article meant - It is important to be Happy.
I want to be Happy.
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