The Importance of “Not Working”

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

By Shahane De Silva | Sri Lanka

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play…He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.” James Michener on finding life’s purpose.

Quite recently in a conversation with a friend, she told me she never wanted to pursue Actuarial Science in College. This was shocking since this was all she ever spoke about in our senior year of high school. In fact, she has taken a full 180 and is pursuing Music and Drama instead.

It’s not her change that is puzzling to me, but I wondered what possessed her to consider it in the first place when her interests were so far off. Her reason for choosing to do Actuarial Science was rather astonishing: it was the more financially stable path in comparison to Music & Drama.


For those of you reading this, consider my friend’s dilemma. If you can relate, on any level, then it’s time to take a step back.


And if you want another nudge towards following your dreams and fulfilling your life’s purpose, read this article.


Most of us go through life not really doing what we want to do. We work our 9-5 jobs, cash in our cheques, and hope for happiness to manifest itself in our lives like magic. Unfortunately for us, life just doesn’t work out that way.


In a week there are 168 hours. On average we spend 50 hours working each week. That’s a third of your time, a third of your life. And if you don’t really enjoy what you do that’s a third of your life that you dread.


In my opinion this is probably one of the fundamental reasons that people are so unhappy. We don’t like what we do so we let material experiences fill the void, instead of finding where our true happiness lies. Our jobs drain us to the point where the only thing we look forward to are late Friday nights.


Click here to read a personal experience about the value of chasing your life’s purpose.


What if we traded our “steady” jobs for what we really wanted to do with our lives? Maybe you can no longer afford the luxuries that your shitty job paid for, but in its place you gain the happiness and satisfaction of doing what you really love. You would NEVER work again a day in your life – it’s not work if it’s what you enjoy. No mansion, sports car or any other fancy toy that money can buy can replace that feeling.

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” Robert Bryne

Don’t cheat yourself.

Don’t conform to what society expects of you.

Don’t give a damn about what others may think, because on your deathbed when you confront the ghosts of your unrealized talents, and dreams it is already too late.


Find and live your purpose.

 

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