Slickdrums Chronicles

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So Why Slave Away?

This I asked myself, one fateful morning as I walked toward the tall brown building, housing one of the leading ISPs in the country. I worked as a Consultant, and worked directly with the top brass. Fancy title, fancy space, fancy notebook - minus the pay.

So why am I slaving away, I questioned myself. The answer to that was somewhat shocking yet not. What wasn't shocking was, I needed to bring back the 'bacon', to pay the bills, to take care of the household which meant my wife and me. What rocked me was, the reality of the fact that my whole life's adequacy of control flirted with the definition of a modern slave - an employee.

I hated my travelling time. Spending time on the train is not my idea of a good time. I gagged at the fact that the best hours of my day, from 8am to 6pm, was given to someone whom I didn't want to spend my life with. And I raced back home every day because I have so little time left. Most of it, I just want to recover through sleep. I KNEW that this is NOT, EVER, how my life should be written!

I get pounded for mistakes on the job. I get pounded because some top brass is intending to make money so he doesn't care about market research, team resources, viabilities, cost. Actually, he does care. Just about cost. So long we can hike up the cost, he eventually makes a good sum. Yup, the reality of working for a shark. But in fact, every boss looks out for their own [although not all are greedy]. No one coaches you and mentors you to be greater than he/she in a job. And in a job, you aren't taught to make mistakes and to learn from making mistakes. In fact, you are NOT supposed to make mistakes. In a business, mistakes are essential to making a step towards success.

So why slave away? I realised that while I had to slave for that time being [to cover necessities], I could also dig towards my freedom. The shovel's ready, the map's proven and faultless, what are you waiting for?