I'm sure you've heard of the term "golden handcuffs" before. You feel like you are staying at your job only because you need to support the life you want to live. I enjoyed reading this article at Your Life in Their Life's blog and the first part just hit home for me -
"The office cubicle that replaced your dorm room has now become your jail cell. You leave the cell at night, but you don't feel you ever truly get away. You might not hate what you're doing, but you definitely wouldn't do it for free."
SO DANG TRUE. Obviously I only started working full-time almost 2 years ago but still I am already getting the feeling of working to live and not living to work. I would love to live to work and enjoy my job thoroughly and feel as though I am making a huge difference in the world but how could I also enjoy my life with all the things I buy and do by just volunteering? The only reason why I stay at my job is to get further in my career, and to make more money to support the life I want to live. That's the whole premise of my blog.
His blog entry talked about how our success at our jobs leads us to believe that we earned rewards so we end up buying ourselves items that we see fit for our lifestyle. The major question was: Are the cuffs tightening due to the amount of money you're making or due to the increased standard of living you enjoy with the money?