According to my wife – WORK means physical effort.
In her parlance – “work” is associated with physical labour.
There must be some visible physical effort – some movement involved.
Yes – for her – physical movement is the key attribute which defines WORK.
That’s why – when I was in the Navy – my wife was very happy – since – according to her – I was “working” very hard.
In the Navy – there is a lot of physical movement – everyone and everything is moving all the time – and – so was I – moving all the time.
There is a saying in the Navy:
If it moves – salute it
If it doesn’t move – pick it up
If you can’t pick it up – paint it
In the Navy (maybe in Army/Air Force too):
Work is associated with Movement
The more you were seen moving – the more hardworking you were considered.
It did not matter whether you were achieving anything or not – you just had to keep moving.
So – since everyone wanted to appear hardworking – everyone was on the move all the time – saluting people – picking up things – and painting things that they could not pick up.
My wife loved to see me on the move all the time – and when I returned home physically exhausted after a hard day of “work” – she was convinced that I was working very hard.
“I wish you had never retired...” my wife moans, “you just don’t do any “work” now-a-days. All you do is sit at home in front of your laptop whole day...”
“What about those “Techies” – those IT Nerds...?” I ask, “they sit on their backsides all day in comfortable air-conditioned offices – they are transported back and forth to office in company buses – they have a relaxed 5 day week and all the perks – they don’t even have to lift a finger...”
And now – due to COVID “Work From Home” – these lucky “Techie” Nerds don’t even have to go to office – but they can sit at home on their backsides 24/7 – with zero movement.
So – if work is associated with movement – how can you say that they are “working”...?
“These IT “Techie” Nerds – they earn loads of money...” a friend says.
SECOND DEFINITION OF WORK
Oh – so that’s the second definition of “work”.
WORK is associated with earning MONEY
The more money you earn – the more you are “working”.
The amount of work you do – is directly proportional – to the amount of money you earn.
1. Physical Effort counts as “Work” – whether you earn money or not
2. Intellectual Effort does not count as “Work” – unless it earns you a lot of money
To put it in gobbledygook:
Physical Work and Money may be mutually independent of each other.
But – Intellectual Work and Money are mutually interdependent.
In fact – the quantum of intellectual work is measured the amount of money you earn for doing that work.
Now-a-days – I am a wannabe writer and blogger.
I spend my whole day reading, writing, surfing the internet and blogging – and in doing these activities – there is hardly any visible physical effort involved.
So – in my wife’s parlance – I don’t do any “work” – since no physical effort is involved.
Also – at present – my writing and blogging does not earn me any money.
Yes – I have published a couple of books.
But – my books have not earned me much money – at least till now.
I am an avid blogger and write a blog post almost every day.
Blogging does not earn me any money – since I have not monetized my blog.
And the novel I am trying to write (my wife wonders whether it will ever see the light of day) – I don’t know whether or when it will earn me any money.
So – as per the second definition too – I don’t do any “work” – since I don’t earn any money from my writing/blogging.
Yes – it is so simple.
As far as my wife is concerned:
While I engage in creative writing and blogging:
1. I am not seen making any physical effort
2. I don’t make any money from my writing and blogging
So – as per the two definitions of work – I don’t do any “work”.
I am a lazy good-for-nothing guy – who is wasting my time and doing “nothing”.
Maybe – the novel I am writing will become a bestseller and earn me some money.
Maybe – someone may buy the movie rights of my novel and I may rake in the moolah.
Maybe – my Blog may become famous and someone will offer me an attractive proposition or lucrative job.
Then – the “effort” I am putting in my writing will qualify as “work”.
Till then – as far as my darling “hard working” wife and “money making” friends are concerned – I don’t do any “work”.
People keep taunting me:
“You are such a qualified, experienced and talented guy. Why are you not working...? ”
“Why do sit at home whole day doing nothing...? I am sure you can get a good job.”
“As an Engineer, Designer, Manager, Consultant, even as a Professor – you don’t know your true worth – you can earn lots of money. So – why are you wasting your time...? Why don’t you do something – instead of sitting at home all day...?”
“Even if you want to write – the least you can do is write some professional stuff – instead of writing fiction. That will earn you some money, at least...”
I have to hear all these taunts – all the time – from all sorts of people.
Yes – it is true.
I have got many lucrative job offers.
I can easily get a good job and “work” whole day.
But why don’t they understand...?
I don’t want a “job”.
I want to write fiction.
I want to write a novel.
I want to write stories.
I want to Blog.
I have found my “calling” – I have discovered my “metier” – my true vocation – Creative Writing and Blogging.
I want to spend the rest of life writing and blogging – surrounded by my books and my diaries in which I have made notes all these years – in front of my laptop – researching on the internet – hammering away at the keyboard – writing fiction – and Blogging away.
I am living the life I always dreamt of living.
Yes – I am going to write.
I will write my novel.
I will write on my blog.
I will write short stories.
I will write whatever I want to write – but I am going to write – and blog – Bash on Regardless...!!!
I am going to focus on writing what I like best – fiction.
Well – if you think I am wasting my time doing nothing – so be it.
To those who say that I don’t do any “work” – good luck to you.
I just don’t care what you say.
Because – I am going to be busy writing and blogging.
I know that this is real hard work – and I am working harder than I ever worked in my whole life – though it is not visible to you – either by way of physical effort or earning money.
I will end with an anecdote, a true story, narrated by a famous writer.
The writer’s wife scolded him:
“You say that you are a writer – but I hardly see you writing. Most of the time – you relax in your chair with your eyes closed...”
The writer said to his wife:
“My Dear Wife – I am “writing” all the time. Do you know what creative writing is...? Writing is 90% creative thinking – and only 10% – is the physical process of writing...”
For those of you – who think I am doing nothing after my retirement – if you think I am wasting my time – I will tell you this:
Just Google my name “VIKRAM KARVE”
And – you will be surprised to see how much I have “worked” after my retirement.
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