Friday, May 6, 2011

Thriving on Stress

Friday, May 6, 2011

There are people who take so much pride in having had to work from 8 in the morning till 11 in the evening that all others (me included) appear like unproductive, lazy fools. Kept on a leash by the wonders of technology, they are eternally tied to their work and get astonished when they realize that others are not. They thrive on stress so much that it has become their refuge. And they probably are compensated accordingly, too.

My work allows me the freedom to do the things that I want whenever I want them. I can go on monthlong I-cannot-be-reached vacations without giving a single thought to anything work related. But now I wonder - am I missing anything by choosing a virtually strain-free career path or by refusing to thrive on stress?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

no one on their death ever wanted to spend more time at work. and most regret what they didn't do.

Angeli said...

so we'll do kili and the camino then? hahahah.. (you might regret it :)

Amelia said...

or you just know how to deal with stress ;)

Angeli said...

hahahah. i deal with stress by avoiding it. :)

Arti said...

Missing that very thing that you are avoiding, i guess...nothing else!

eks said...

"i deal with stress by avoiding it. :)"

best way to deal with it. hehehe. alala ko tuloy yung officemate ko na ang payo sa akin: don't fight temptation -- avoid it. :-D

Angeli said...

@arti: you miss stress?

@eks: avoiding stress - works all the time. hahahha

mordsith said...

My work allows me the freedom to do the things that I want whenever I want them. -- what I wouldn't give for this one...

Sigrid said...

I discovered your blog this morning when I was Googling Doris Lessing and Upton Sinclair together because I had noticed similarities in their writings. Your reading lists came up in the results. But now I have been just enjoying your postings and your library, (which is very similar to mine).

You seem to be wondering if the path you have chosen is somehow lazy or empty and wonder what others think. NO!!! You are young but I am 65. I retired at 50 so I could follow my heart in reading, travel, art, photography, (and enjoy my solitude) etc. I have friends who are completely exhausted from their work day stress and are jealous of my chosen lifestyle, but they have no idea what they would do with themselves if they did the same thing. They also have a lot of stress related health problems. Stick to your chosen life and enjoy your solitude, travel and intellectual pursuits.

I've bookmarked your page and will be back.

Angeli said...

Hi Sigrid. It is inspiring to know that there are others who have deviated from the rat race as I did. I like my life as it is, though others may think that I can do better.

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