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Why Do We Work?

Here's the question I ask every single time I get up; why do we work? What the hell are we working for? What is the point of even having a job? What's the point of getting up every morning, going to work, grabbing a paycheck every week, and spending the majority of it on mortgage/rent payments, bills, car insurance, and taxes? Why can't we just enjoy it? (don't answer that last part...)

Here's the thing. We get up every morning. We go to work, listen to our bosses talk about things we don't really care about at the end of the day, do our daily tasks, go home, have dinner, go to sleep, and we do it all over again the next day. We do the same thing for three or four more days (depending on the hours you work per day), and we have two days to enjoy for the weekend before we continue the cycle the following week.

That's not all.

We work about 50 weeks in a year, and we have only 2 weeks of vacation to enjoy. We get a few sick days if we're lucky to have them, and we have some excused unpaid absences. On the days we show up for work, we still have to put in all those hours to earn those vacation times.

Many of us live paycheck to paycheck while the government steals our money and hands it to people who don't even work. Many of us work hard for very little money, just so we can watch the IRS tax us and hand it to those who are on welfare, disability payments (specifically those who aren't even injured), food stamps, and social security income. Homes are expensive, cars are expensive, hospitals are expensive, food is expensive, and gas is expensive.

Speaking of homes and cars, the banks control those assets. We're forced to work for very little, and many of us can't afford to get the homes and cars we really want. While I'm not one for material possessions, I'd love to be able to afford a nice 3-bedroom home and a sport utility vehicle that I can drive in the snow with little to no problem. I'd love to be able to buy both without having to make payments. Wouldn't you? Why would anyone want to make mortgage payments when they can pay for a house in full? Why would anyone want to pay a car note?

Most of us have jobs where we're forced to live paycheck to paycheck, budget the best way we can with very little, and try not to spend money on things we enjoy. Over $60,500 is the average annual income in the US today. Many do not make near this much. For those who don't, these are the people I'm talking about. I just so happen to be one of these people.

Why do we work? What are we working for? Why are we only working to survive? Why are we not thriving? Many of us are actually trying.

While I'm not opposed to the idea of work, I am opposed to the idea of working for someone and helping him build his dreams and get richer. What am I getting out of it? Isn't anyone else sick of struggling? Isn't anyone else sick of watching their bosses get paid for their hard work? Isn't anyone else sick of watching the government and the banks take their money and leaving them with very little?

I have built this platform in hopes of doing a lot more than just surviving. While my goal isn't to be a billionaire, or even a millionaire (although it would be nice), I simply want to stop helping any boss get rich off of my hard work, and I would love nothing more than to help others do the same. Yes, I do believe we should all work, but at the same time, I believe we should all do what we enjoy doing. Yes, there are also those people out there who actually love having their jobs, even if it means watching their bosses get rich off their hard work. All the power to those people, and I won't knock them for it.

Those are my thoughts. Take that for what it's worth.

Until next time, God bless.

The Freedom Runner


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