We live in a world where chasing the bag has become a lifestyle. More than anything, people have prioritized looking for money so that even an important aspect such as health has been overlooked. Years of dedicating one’s life to hustle culture may lead to the accumulation of money, but one’s health on the other hand may not be in a good place.
When one Reddit user posted how one of her friends died because of hustle culture, many people came to give their experiences that gave an insight into how far hustle culture has gone in affecting people’s lives.
Replies tried to give different perspectives to this tragic occurrence. At 32, one has not exhausted all their potential, and as could be seen from the post, the young man had so much to do. As per DanversCarew2021 perspective, the deceased might have dedicated all his life to working extremely in order to attain an early retirement. Getting to retirement years is not guaranteed.
Another Reddit user witnessed a coworker going in that direction. LittlestEcho watched a coworker having a full-blown heart attack. This was after months of intense working, studying full time and having family struggles. All these led to his health deteriorating.
Hustle culture not only affects one’s physical health. It also affects one’s ability to attend to family obligations. A coworker of a Reddit user called WayneKrane called it quits after watching her child call the nanny’s mom.
Also in hustle culture and family life, a man worked overseas and had to look for work in his home country to be in his children’s lives. He had been away from home so long that his son started calling him uncle.
The idea to get someone to help in raising the children may come to mind. However, according to a user by the name IHaveNoOpinions, the nanny may not enjoy raising the child the same way as the parent would.
Couscous-brain is another Reddit user whose experience involved missing out on his son’s important life moments due to his commitment to work. To him, this was an eye-opener that led to a change in how he led his work life.
For this Reddit user, hustle culture cost him missing out on the things that he used to look forward to. Attending the kids’ baseball game was one thing that made it all worth the hustle. So he was willing to slave away as long as this one aspect of his life remained intact.
Now that this seems to be a common issue among millennials, maybe the drive to work has everything to do with their dream to live a certain type of life.
The one thing that most people seem to chase so much, is early retirement. According to a user by the name of Novelcheek, the golden years are when one is still young and energetic.
Early retirement is not a bad idea, according to a user by the name of dlc741. If one decides to pursue this course, then one also ought to ensure that they enjoy the journey that leads to this early retirement.
Still, on this aspect of early retirement, a Reddit user gave a sad occurrence where a colleague was 6 months away from his early retirement when he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. According to this user, saving for the future should not be at the detriment of now.
In an environment where sleep is less than five hours, employees are sure to experience burnout from time to time. omnigear, a Reddit user responded to this by giving the working experience of a friend who worked in a company with a hustle culture mentality.
On the aspect of giving one’s all to work to later enjoy life once one has retired, a user by the name KK653 gave a sad story on what happened to a coworker who had done this. A coworker had retired at 65 and had plans to enjoy the retirement years in a very fun way. Only for him to die a year later before his plans came to pass.
When one is not feeling well, the healthy thing to do is to rest. A sick leave exists to ensure that one does not strain on such days. The uncle of a Reddit user by the name Spectrachic311311 died at 55 having 269 accrued sick leave days. Having worked for 16-18 hours a day for 6 days a week, one is left wondering if he never really got sick or tired, or if he just pushed himself even through these hard days.
Everybody gave a detailed history plus a perspective, while Negative_Maize_2923 came with finality to anyone who has this lifestyle.
This Reddit user came with a piece of advice for anyone who cared to read. According to Divallo, nothing one chases out there can replace the sands of time.
While everyone looked at this tragic event from the viewpoint of simply working many hours with aim of retiring early, a user by the name ribsforbreakfast viewed the whole issue from the perspective of a career. This user and the husband changed their career lines and all of a sudden the stress they experienced disappeared.
To sum up, everything that all the responders were saying, a user by the name of Lilleebee passed a lesson from the dad; work balance was key.
Hustle culture is something that people talk a lot about nowadays. People want to retire as early as possible which is not a bad thing, but the journey toward that early retirement ought to consider today’s joys and health.
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