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ShadowXOR avatar 3:42 PM on 12.11.2007  (server time)
A serious question about life, time, and work, inspired by Passage.

Thanks to Reverend Anthony's article about the indie game Passage, I began trying to figure out what I want out of life. Now technically speaking, I know what I want out of life. I want to have lots of expensive things, travel the world, play tons of games, never work a day in my life, and just generally enjoy myself. See the problem is, life doesn't give you what you want, so you have to make some compromises. That's the problem I'm facing. Also, let me apologize in advance because serious post is serious.

Personally, I'm disgusted that we spend eight hours per day (on average, sometimes more) doing something that we don't want to do just so we can afford to survive. So that is where my question comes in:

Would you rather work at a job you hate to make good money, or work at a job you love while making mediocre money?

I thought I knew the answer to that, but apparently I don't. I always thought the money would be worth it because it lowers stress (no financial burdens, can do the things you want, etc.) but when you think about it, a job you hate also raises your stress levels. Who has fun wasting eight hours per day, basically throwing it into a meat grinder, trading your time for a piece of paper? Not many people. Now that I think about it, if I'm going to be spending my time somewhere, I damn well better be enjoying it. I've always wanted to get into the gaming industry but I never thought I'd bother trying because it seems so difficult. I'm starting to think I better try though, because when I imagine spending the rest of my life working some menial, unrewarding job it just depresses the hell out of me. Life is already short enough as it why should I be spending five days out of seven attending a voluntary prison of sorts.

A user by the name of saysay posted this excellent picture in his comment on the good Reverend's article that really struck a chord with me:

That picture really gets down to brass tacks doesn't it?

I'm going to go for it, I'm going for a career in writing about my passion, gaming. I feel I'm a competent writer, it's time for me to take some classes, keep playing games, and write, write, write, write, write. I'm currently 23 so I've hopefully got a ways to go...but I need to stop wasting my time and go for it.

This post may not be what you have come to expect from the C-Blogs, but occasionally a wonderful work of art such as Passage really makes you think. I would like anyone who is willing to answer the question above. I'd love to hear your views on this. Thanks for reading this far (both of you). And now, I leave you with this inspirational quote:

Michael, we don't have a lot of time on this earth! We weren't meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements. - Peter Gibbons from Office Space

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