We were having dinner with friends when I was describing a recent story from a therapist about his clients who are stuck 40-something male (company name here) employees seeking counseling. (You can probably insert software or other companies too, but in his case it was all one software company). They can’t quit. The money is too good.
Our friend admits to being one of those.
Is it a midlife crisis? No. Unhappy? The money is too good. He shrugs his shoulders.
“He watches a lot of videos of nature. I fear we may move to Alaska”, his wife chimes in and laughs.
So here’s a newsflash. Our society is so bent on financial upward mobility in order to have some semblance of security (in an ever changing insecure environment) and maybe to have more fancy stuff… And we suffer in our conquest.
Maybe the conquest just isn’t worth it anymore.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it: Change your conquest from upward mobility to emotional fulfillment. You can find ways to live without the bondage of high paying (seemingly vapid) jobs. Start with a plan to develop your #FutureYou. It can help with an existential crisis.
Be kind. Be safe. Be appropriate. Now go!