I want to talk about something that most New Yorkers face, something that I call the “New Yorker’s Dilemma.” I have spent 4 years of my college life fighting it and I must say I’m losing terribly. Many people deal with it their whole lives.. either (a) without knowing it (b) they have no choice (c) they can’t get out of this vicious cycle (d) all of the above <<that’s me!
- addiction to work
- anxiety and stress
- lack of life
- panda eyes
- loss of friends/social life
- loss of hair
If you are a victim or know one, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Art students, business owners, architects, wall street employees, ivy league students, commuters. We work too hard and have no life! It’s the cost of working in a city like New York. Yes it’s the city of great opportunity, but too many people I know get sucked into it, trying to get to the top of the money ladder because it’s seemingly possible here. But that money goes to high rents or long commutes anyways.
Our choice: work hard > pay rent > work harder > pay more rent> work to death?
Then what? I’m frustrated and I don’t even make money yet! All of my friends and family work like this and so do I. All because I choose to be an overachiever and do the impossible.. 5 year double major with the two most intense and demanding programs in my school, Architecture and Environmental Studies… spending at least 18 hours a day on school work and on top of that running a non-profit. Great!.. why am I complaining? I realize this isn’t a happy healthy life for any of us, so I present the cure.
…I wish I knew. Please, if you know, please leave it in the comment box. Thanks!
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