Here is your life. Enjoy!
Hi dear friends!
Well, you see, Pary from Iran (thanks a lot Pary!!!) left me comment today. Dear Pary no offense but I will quote your words here (don't worry; I'll do that only once). So you wrote: "I have truck loads of delayed works, wish me luck ...see you". You know it rang a bell with me! You just won't believe how many times I have heard that phrase from some friends of mine! And usually it sounds quite sad for me and I suppose it would for all of you.
OK, it's time to explain what I am trying to say :). In my opinion majority of people in Kazakhstan (especially younger ones) pay too much attention to their work. I mean some of them are kind of "workaholic" as they work approximately 12-14 hours per day. (Those "twenty-something" probably should have enjoy their lives but instead they are trying to earn all money on the Earth). Beyond all doubt I appreciate their lifestyle and intention to earn much money. But people, tell me for goodness' sake what all this money for if you hardly have any free time to have a lunch? We have one appropriate collocation in our language "работать так, что света белого не видеть". It means "to work so hard that even don't be able to see the day light".
I myself used to work like crazy from 8 am till 10 pm (sometimes till 12 pm) trying to prove something to somebody. One day I just felt empty; there was nothing to talk about to me but my work, nowhere to go but to the office. I've been totally "lost" for the rest of society. It's quite sad, isn't it? :). But, friends, don't worry. Finally I took a right decision - now I have only an eight-hour work day and take things easy, though I earn less than I used to.
You see, young people here have a sort of "addiction" to material things especially posh ones. I mean expensive cars, clothes, mobile phones (e.g. phone in platinum :)) and other similar stuff. There is kind of "showing-off-competition" among them. So it's quite easy to understand their intention to earn as much as possible. But what the price they pay working all those long hours. I'm not going to judge them. I'm just sharing my point of view. In my opinion, we live ones and the life is too short. I'm sure we should catch every moment and live it for ourselves not for "job", although every person has own priorities.
As to all those material things, of course it's important to have things you want to and definitely we all have to work to get them (we are law-abiding, aren't we? :). But I think that life is not only "earning and spending". For me life is "learning and opening new things every moment". There are plenty of things that we just can't buy - the light of the day :), smile of our nearest and dearest, health (!!!), and freedom. I believe that each of you has your own "don't buy for money" list.
Well, we each choose what is right or wrong for us. The main thing is not to confuse the "cost of living" with the "price of life". (I'm not sure whether these two expressions are translated in the same way like in Russian, but Russian-speaking could 100% understand what I mean. We frequently confuse the meaning of them in the process of learning English).
Looking forward to your opinion,