Readers’ Blog

Do you work for money?

Popularity 19Viewed 6096 times 2016-5-15 21:01 |System category:Life| especially, internet, English, company, mother

I got annoyed and confused today.

I'm an English major student, second year of my post-graduate study. I teach a high school student every Sunday afternoon.
I went the student's home today as usual. When I arrived, his mother greeted with me and we began to have a small talk. The conversation gradually led to my future job. I told her I would like to be an editor upon graduation. She nodded and said that I should work in an internet company if I wanted to do editorial work, especially under the circumstance that the printed media fell into a sunset industry. I said that working in an internet company means you have to work overtime every day, which is the least thing I want to do. I'd rather work for a place where I could get off work on time even the salary is not that attractive. She became quite emotional after hearing my words. "Your value is totally wrong!  If you don't work overtime, how could you get enough money for travelling? If you don't work overtime, how can you afford your children's tuition fees if he wants to study abroad? How could you just think about comfort at such a young age?" 

If I ask you whether you work only for money, I bet a lot of people would deny. They argue that there are more important things than just making money. But the truth is, the majority of them do work only for money. A friend told me that when she just graduated from school, she had great ambition in learning new things. But this lasted half a year when she realized there wasn't so much things to learn. So now all she think about is how to make more money. 

Although I haven't graduated, I've pictured my future life in my mind for a thousand times. Every day, I get off work on time. After having a healthy and easy dinner, something like yoghurt, I run for an hour outside. Then I go back home and take a shower. With a little tiredness, I read books on the wish list and share my book report with my friends. On weekends, I go outside and take pictures with all photographing techniques I've learned. I want to capture every beautiful moments of this city. 

But all my imagination would crack down if I choose a job that requires high tension. I don't understand why she thinks people who don't work overtime have a wrong value about this world. In my view, I don't have to earn too much money. If I couldn't afford enough money to go abroad, I wouldn't go. Instead, I can go somewhere I can afford.

Maybe it's just because we have different pursuit for life. But I still can't accept the way she judges me about how I should live my life. After all, our choice makes each of us distinctive.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


Passing

Eggs
1

Flowers
1

Shake hands

Ray

Friends who just made a statement (2 Person)

Like 0 Share
8.03K

Report

Comment Comment (25 comments)

Reply Report voice_cd 2016-5-16 08:26
Thank you very much!!! we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report dusty1 2016-5-16 08:35
I'm retired
Reply Report tuzhiyu 2016-5-16 09:26
Understood you concern. I believe working not only for money but also for the human’s desire for the unknown field. But there are still reality things you have to face. Then the idealism becomes realism.
However, remember, the man is called hero are those still love life and have enthusiasm after some frustration.
Reply Report robert237 2016-5-16 09:54
Echotian, I agree with you 100%.
It's your life and you should live it as you wish. There is nothing special about studying abroad.
You can travel abroad on your own time and observe. You can learn much more about a foreign country that way than
being taught their curriculum. They will teach you what they want you to know. The west is infamous for creating their
own history and indoctrinating people with these half truths and lies.
You can learn a lot more from observing than you can from being told by those with an agenda.
Enjoy your life while you can. Your time is your most valuable asset. Selling what little spare time you may have is
no bargain.
Reply Report Funny-boy 2016-5-16 09:59
If the live give you more pressure, you shall work hard, even working overtime very day.
Reply Report parcher 2016-5-16 10:29
Companies that make you work overtime are not worth working for...
I work occasional national holidays, but only if we have new members wanting to join...
Reply Report 宁檬 2016-5-16 11:13
Haven't replied to blogs for a long time. Well, after having been worked for almost six years and practically tried almost every job I wanted to do, I'd sincerely suggest you to take a job that you truly love or like, as you'll be spending the most productive and creative time of the day on it. Pretty soon you'll find out that even another job pays you much higher, it couldn't bring you the due sense of satisfaction of happiness if you feel you're just working for a pay check. So follow your heart. Working happily everyday has nothing to do with being passive in life, and no one else has the right to judge you, especially when he or she has not experienced the joy of it.
Reply Report flytt 2016-5-16 11:14
I think , No pressure, No prograss
Reply Report TedM 2016-5-16 12:22
My replies here are not loading???
Reply Report TedM 2016-5-16 12:23
People in the west work to live. Those in the east live to work. Possibly the ideal lies in the middle. Earn enough to live on and enjoy life while you can, but also save for the future.
Reply Report Chengking 2016-5-16 14:46
Do What You Love and The Money Will Follow, by Marsha Sinetar, is a popular book written in, I think, the 1980s. The title pretty much tells what is the content of the book. I think one can get it in Amazon if one is interested.
Reply Report seneca 2016-5-16 17:54
To work is either doing something noble nor productive; it is for many a means to survive. What is possible in a civilised society is that you can work and live at the same time, rather than work to survive. You can strike a balance between the need to make money and the desire to enjoy life to the fullest. Most of your compatriots can't understand that yet. It will take a few more decades before they do.
Reply Report Echotian 2016-5-16 19:55
robert237: Echotian, I agree with you 100%.
It's your life and you should live it as you wish. There is nothing special about studying abroad.
You can travel abr ...
Thank you. I will follow my heart.
Reply Report Echotian 2016-5-16 19:56
宁檬: Haven't replied to blogs for a long time. Well, after having been worked for almost six years and practically tried almost every job I wanted to do, I ...
I agree with you. Thank you.
Reply Report Echotian 2016-5-16 20:16
TedM: People in the west work to live. Those in the east live to work. Possibly the ideal lies in the middle. Earn enough to live on and enjoy life while yo ...
That is also my goal.
Reply Report noteatapples 2016-5-17 10:05
when you are young, follow your heart and do what you like to do. As time goes on, you grow up, you are married, you have children, you will need more money and work for your family.
Reply Report callmecary 2016-5-17 10:16
Earning more money is not equal to woking over time!
Money is never too much to have if you can earn money easily!
Reply Report liaose 2016-5-17 15:52
Maybe u just too naive.....life is always unsatisfactory, maybe ur family have enough money to support u . But still a lot of people need to support family ,feed children. U have no choice ! just work harder,even overtime.
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-5-18 00:23
This women, along with many on here are blinded by materialism.

The same women who is saying "you need money for this and that", I can almost guarantee she has a wardrobe of designer clothes, a nice car and a big house.

If you live modestly and within your means, ignoring brand goods etc, you can enjoy the life you like. Do not listen to the naysayers on here"!
Reply Report sherryshao2008 2016-5-18 09:40
Funny-boy: If the live give you more pressure, you shall work hard, even working overtime very day.
i think you are right, sometimes we don't work all day ,because we don't meet more difficult, if we have more pressure that we don't have choice to choose,so we must work overtime every day.

facelist doodle Doodle board

You need to login to comment Login | register


Album

Recent comments

Star blogger

Anming

4124

views

Maierwei

2603

views

财神

4580

views

BACK TO THE TOP
Contact us:Tel: (86)010-84883548, Email: blog@chinadaily.com.cn
Blog announcement:| We reserve the right, and you authorize us, to use content, including words, photos and videos, which you provide to our blog
platform, for non-profit purposes on China Daily media, comprising newspaper, website, iPad and other social media accounts.