Listen to Great Advice
I had an encounter with an elderly lady this week. I asked her if she was still working, because she seemed so relaxed. She said she had been retired for 16 years. How lucky is that? She was able to retire before the actual retirement age. I listened to the great advice she gave me. However, I am already working on her advice prior to having an encounter with her.
She had mentioned she retired early because of health issues. She said that when she worked, she ran around all the time like a chicken with it’s head cut off. That she was always stressed out. Then, she advised me that we have to enjoy life and not work all our lives just to be old and sick when we retire.
I agree with her. Most elderly people, by the time they are retired, they are too sick to do fun things. They pretty much worked themselves to death. Most that retire, they have let their health deteriorate while working and not know it. It can be from sitting long hours, eating badly or unconsciously while working and not exercising.
I replied, “I know what you mean.” Especially, since what she advised me with, I am already working on it. In my many years in the workforce, these past few years, I have worked a lot less. It is a different feeling at first, but you get used to it. You start to reflect how far you have come in life and how much you REALLY took care of yourself.
I have to admit, I have been working to “Get by” for the last so many years. At the end of the day, I felt I was working just to pay bills. That’s it. Yes, paying bills is part of being an adult, but if you can’t enjoy what you made from working, how do you feel? Do you feel like you are NOT REALLY taking care of yourself?
Listen to the wise. They know what they are talking about. They have been through it. Enjoy life, take care of yourself and don’t work at a job that stresses you out. You will pay for it later with health issues if you stay. Is it worth it? To lose your freedom to live and enjoy life when you retire, because you have developed so many illnesses?
Although it was my first encounter with the elderly lady, I had a lot of respect for her. I considered her a very smart woman. She chose to improve her health and enjoy her life by retiring from a job that was doing more harm than good for her. YOUR life is worth more than a job, isn’t it?
You may be thinking, “I can’t leave my job” or “I have financial obligations.” I am not saying to quit your job immediately. I am saying if you aren’t enjoying life, have developed health issues during your time at your job, maybe it’s time to consider making a plan to change your career. If you have a spouse, maybe evaluate if you can get by with a one income household.
The last few years, I have come to realize if employers are disrespectful to me, I won’t stay there to be continually disrespected. I know what I want and NORMAL employers show appreciation towards their employees. I have learned if it’s a harsh environment to work at, I will not stay. Why would anyone wasn’t to put themselves in a situation where they felt like they are walking on eggshells all day long?
I know hundreds of people who stay working in disrespectful, unappreciative and harsh working environments. I have experienced it and I will admit that it lead me to have chronic stress. Long term chronic stress puts havoc to your body and leads to many diseases.
I have been taking care of myself. I am glad I realized that advice the elderly lady gave me at an early age, so that I am able to make a change. A change so many people don’t realize is important until it is too late. Time cannot be reversed, so we need to really reflect on life sooner than later.
So what am I doing now? I am still working at my current position. Some days, I feel like I am running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. However, I am working less and I am pursuing a career to eventually work at home. Do you have an interest to work from home eventually? Read my review and watch my video at Wealthy Affiliate to learn more.
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