One day I'll quit my job. Or so we all say.

Each one of us has something we like doing the most. Something that engrosses us, we lose track of time, other things seem mundane. It can be gardening, cooking, reading a nice book. But I am not talking about activities that can be done sitting on a couch, like watching movies or the book reading. That can be done in free time. How about those outdoor activities that require one to devote time and effort? In my case, that ‘something’ is mountaineering. Yes, another post on it so bear with me until I write about something else. In the next post, promise.

As an activity, mountaineering or plain exploring the countryside takes time, weeks and even months at a time. With the majority of our time spent inside air-conditioned offices on reclining chairs, jutting in and out of countless meetings and glued to the computer screen, trying to crunch numbers to make tons of money. Now before you think I am degrading the office-job, nope – I am doing one and I know how necessary it is. But how many of us really enjoy doing it? Given a choice (i.e. money needs taken care of), would you be doing something else? I rest my case on this.

So the need to earn money prevents us from doing the thing we love the most? Earning the social standing, living up to parents’ expectations are also a few secondary things here. I’m torn between this strife too. Very few of us really do what we love and earn money out of it too. And hats off to those who found a way to achieve both. Yes, we need to pay the bills, of course. But at the cost of true happiness in our lives? I’ll boldly say, I don't know.

It is discomforting at the least and horrifying at the worst to even comprehend leaving the cushy corporate job and the comforts that come with it to go out and do that something we love. For one, we are used to the life of comfort, the safety, the consistent, unchanging life it offers. Secondly, the very prospect of leaving it all leaves us with the question, “And then what?” Yes, it is a tough question to answer. I’d love to climb mountains all my life, but then I know I won’t likely earn as much money as I do right now. No more iPods, no more fancy motorcycles, no moreflat screen TVs, no more fancy apartments; most importantly – the steady stream of money that flows in my bank account every month will suddenly die out.  There must be a way, or is this a compromise only to be accepted and lived with?

Finally, the question is – what does it take to leave this comfort-zone and do the unthinkable? A resolve stronger than steel? A rebellious attitude? A hermit-like dispassion for all things material? Or just the irresistible urge to not do anything you don’t like? I’m on the verge of answering this question for myself; what do you think is the answer for you?

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