Why 9 to 5 is still beautiful

Beautiful? You may think that this is a strange word to attach to a 9 to 5 job, isn’t it?

Yes, there is a bit of monotony and a certain structure one must adhere to in order to excel in this job. Many of us enjoy a sort of creative freedom that a 9 to 5 job doesn’t (on the surface at least) allow.

I see this trend of the creative fields gaining momentum and it’s great for society because it allows us to expand our capabilities and skills as a nation. However, as it the norm oftentimes, we tend to ‘de-glamourize’ an existing norm to bring in change.

The internet is littered with articles that encourage youngsters to take up crazy, creative fields and I completely support these articles, so long as they don’t say things like “unshackle the chains that tie you to your 9 to 5 job.”

Well, hello excuse me! There was a point in time when taking up a profession other than engineering or medicine was looked down upon but not anymore. While social constraints still limit some people from taking up their dream job, a lot of us are actually passionate about what we do, even if it is a 9 to 5.

This brings me back to why I coin the term ‘beautiful’ to the beaten and battered 9 to 5.

It’s because you know that after 5 PM (and an hour here or there), you are free to pursue your hobbies or just bum out after a hard day’s work. And the hard work you put in through the week all seems worth it when Friday evening comes by and there’s an amazing comedy gig or a much anticipated TV series / movie that you can’t wait to catch up on with friends or family. My point being; sometimes the ‘monotony’ really makes you appreciate life at its colorful best. 

Now I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy and thrive in every single second of the so-called 9 to 5 monotony. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that when a weekend comes by, all of us in office share a collective excitement of doing our own thing and assembling back in office on Monday and discussing what adventures we unravelled over the past two days.

Believe me when I say this guys, that joy of experiencing the little thrills in life is what makes the 9 to 5 job truly beautiful.

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