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The Real Meaning Of Earning!!

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Rith, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. Rith

    Rith IL Hall of Fame

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    When I started writing about this most of my fellow nationality was having a sound sleep. I was accompanied by the barking street dogs shocked by the unusual lights in the house, twinkling stars, smiling moon and vacuum walls.

    Well, I am doing night shifts and hence suffering from jet lag :wink:..I couldn’t catch up sleep in the routine hours of 10 AM during holidays though that time is not humdrum for me..I rolled on the bed when my brain dragged me to some waste thoughts. I was afraid whether my idle mind would become devil’s workshop. I collected my laptop and came out of my bed room. I realized standing in front of the door searching for something on my tummy area. Phew..Am I searching for my id card to get access in order to go out of my bed room? Unfortunately the answer is yes. Beaming, I opened the door and sat comfortably on the sofa keeping my legs on the bean bag.

    I started writing articles, stories, read something interesting killing the time till my eyes decided to rest over. By then I wondered how many time I have been crazy like that. I started listing down one by one

    I rarely go lunch/dinner with my gang. The reason being I have less time to break. Mostly the dinner table will be my desk. Browsing on the laptop for emails, code, documents my lunch box will be emptied in an hour sometimes more than that..At home, I felt very difficult to finish my food in 15 minutes. My eyes started quenching the laptop and my brain refused to allow food without that.

    Many a times, I have placed the tumbler on the water dispenser pressed some button and wondered why my glass has not been filled. I smiled on myself realizing I am not standing in front of a vending machine.:facepalm:

    I catch sleep easily on the recliner than the bed, can someone believe that? Regrettably, Yes! Because my body has been so used to be in that position most of the hours.

    So, my question here is, Am I gaining something or am I losing a lot?. Well, I know the answer by the way.

    I missed to prepare my favorite dish as I am so used to eat what has been offered;

    I missed to see new shops in my area because when I travel, the shops are closed with shutters

    I missed to know the price of onion rise and fall & hence other vegetables as I never do veggies shopping from market

    I missed to know there are tennis coaching and gym available just 3 building away from my home

    I missed to attend my close friend’s marriage as I was sleeping so that I can go back to office that evening.

    I missed to walk with my kid holding his little hand and admire his stories on every object he sees; the best stories that you won’t get anywhere

    I missed to notice the first flower of the pink hibiscus plant my husband has gifted on our anniversary

    I missed to play the best hide and seek where I could see him hiding behind curtains, covering his head under pillows and under tables only in my husband’s mobile as pictures/ videos

    I missed to know that his favorite dish is veg soup and bread sandwich.

    My eyes welled up when I recalled all these by then my mobile beeped announcing the salary credited in my account

    My bank account grew big but my world has become very small. Little hugs, hurry kisses, exploring new faces, 7 o clock news, serials, game shows, cooking, shopping by entry and exit in each shop were got deleted from my routine long back. I had only 3 items in my list. Go to office, work, come back and sleep. All other basic activities were in parallel with the work life.

    Now everything is online and hence life. Shopping online, favourite tele shows online, time pass is online and hence the fun time of family is also online. Being in the same place, I talk with my husband and kid through facetime. Because when they leave, I will be sleeping. When they come back I would have started to office. So only way to meet them is video calls.

    I just have one question. When I transfer my entire money to the destiny, will I get those gold olden days back? Can the memories be come true?

    With this money, Can I get a rewind button in my life?

    Am I earning to live or living to earn? Have I achieved the real meaning of earning?
     
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  2. meerasrini

    meerasrini Platinum IL'ite

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    Wonderful write up Rith ! You depicted how working crowd miss all fun! Eye opener it is!! Those days our parents balanced work and personal life so well unlike us. We have become so workaholic and forget to enjoy life!
    Good one Rith!!!! :icon_pc::icon_pc:
     
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  3. satchitananda

    satchitananda Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Rith, this is the one aspect of working in full time careers that really distresses me - not that I myself am in one. I just hate watching the kind of life others have to lead if they want to be successful in their career.

    I guess 'career' is the keyword. In our parents' times, they did jobs - 9 to 5. Even professional had saner lives in those days. Of course, now there is more money, we are involved in careers and this is the prize one pays for it. Sad to think what has happened to 'life'.
     
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    sreeram IL Hall of Fame

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    When i started to read i had a smile on my face knowing it's your snippet... But when i scrolled down while reading my smile slowly vanished. Very true dear, to earn money and to succeed in our career we lose all our pass time, happiness, being with our family, doing small small silly things yet interesting things.

    The more the salary rises the more we distant ourselves from other things. Reality but though we see it, understand it we fail to change it rather we are unable to change it.

    I sometimes feel that i missed my job, my career, my individual identity for the sake of my kid and family but what else identity i can achieve by giving away the pleasure of being with my little one, seeing him move every inch.

    Still i can re build my individual identity by starting up a business or getting a job or Studying again something but i can't bring back those little, small, cute and happy moments that would have got missed. Am happy with what i am today.
     
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    I too have worked in shifts for more than 16 years with 3 kids and an ailing m-i-l, but was able to devote time to family members and many other activities. It all depends on our mindset. If there is a will there is a way.
    Without enjoying life what is the use of having bank balance? If you have saved enough money you can quit the job or you can try for a job which will give you enough time to spend with your family.
    May you get your wish fulfilled and enjoy life,
    PS
     
  6. Rith

    Rith IL Hall of Fame

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    Thank you Meera for stepping in. I observed this is the feelings of many people around us.
    Those days, we had less money hand full of fun. now the situation is reversed. We have hand full of money but less fun.
     
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  7. Rith

    Rith IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Satchi mam,

    of course. Career is the key word but the career in current days has given a completely different meaning in our life..at least to see how others live, for people like me working in night shifts are bit difficult. Because by the time they are awake they could only admire the happy people sleeping happily. each has their own ups and downs. But at some point when we assume we grow a garden; at one point when we turn back it is shocking to see a dessert.
    isn't it hurts when the amount of hard work we have invested sparing our youth gives a meaningless life at the end..
     
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  8. Rith

    Rith IL Hall of Fame

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    True PS. Life has given us number of options. rather than running behind the illusionary imaginary happiness, we should adopt our self in a contented life is what I am trying to convey here..
     
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  9. Rith

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    Hi Priya,

    That is a wise decision I would say. I am not against jobs. But you are happy with what you are now, Thats the most wanted mind set now. Hats off to you Priya. I am happy that you have a contented life.
     
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  10. IniyaaSri

    IniyaaSri IL Hall of Fame

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    Good one Rith!! Thats a good question though!!
    Hope you find your answer for that!!
    I felt its quite painful when I read it.. But many of us are going through the same thing...
    Lets stop being mechanical and pause for a moment, think and then decide :)
     
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